Australia’s Remy Gardner maintained his Moto2™ World Championship lead with a gritty fourth-place finish at the Spanish GP.
Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) started the race from pole position but was slowed by an issue with his rear tyre as Fabio Di Giannantonio (Federal Oil Gresini) took the chequered flag.
Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46) and Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) completed the podium at Jerez.
Gardner leads the 2021 Moto2™ standings with 69 points, three ahead of Lowes, after four rounds.
“Overall, I’m satisfied with today, although we suffered a lot in the race,” Gardner said.
“Right from the start, I felt a bit strange, so we have to analyse what happened ahead of the next contest.
“However, I am happy with the work we did. Finishing fourth on a difficult day is a good thing, and we also picked up some important points that keep us alive in the championship.”
Red Bull KTM Ajo team manager Aki Ajo was also pleased, as Gardner’s teammate Raul Fernandez crossed the line in fifth place.
“We have to be very satisfied with our result today in Moto2, even though we didn’t get on the rostrum,” Ajo said.
“The important thing is that our two riders were strong throughout the weekend.
“In the race we had some issues as Remy’s rear tyre did not perform as expected.
“However, we are happy with how he managed to control that situation to end up completing a good contest.”
The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo will return to action in the intermediate class at the French GP at Le Mans from 14-16 May 2021.