Australia’s Remy Gardner put a week of illness behind him to secure yet another top-10 finish in Moto2™ at the Valencia GP.
The SAG Racing Team rider, who was hampered by a severe stomach bug, sensationally crossed the line in seventh place after starting from P19.
The 22-year-old showed just why he was signed by Red Bull KTM Ajo for the 2021 Moto2™ season, storming through the field to claim his fifth straight top-10 result.
“What a weekend,” Gardner said. “I managed to post some half-decent laps on Friday and I felt a bit better on Friday afternoon, but I hadn’t been feeling too well in the run-up to the event so wasn’t really sure how I would get on.
“Saturday was another tough day. I still didn’t feel that great and didn’t make it through to Q2. We were unlucky, but that’s racing.
“Despite where we were on the grid I wasn’t going to just ride around and so was still hopeful of pulling something special out of the bag. Nineteenth to seventh was pretty good.
“It’s good points even though fifth overall is now not possible, but I’m still super happy with the work we have done this year.
“The team have worked really well, and we still have one more race to go in Portugal where I think we can have a good one and end the year on a high.
“The last 12 laps were tough, I had no energy, but I stuck in there and we managed to come home with a decent result.”
Gardner, sixth overall in the Moto2™ standings, heads to Portugal for the final race of the season, scheduled to be held this weekend, on 22 November.