Remy Gardner has come away from the Styrian Grand Prix with a 35-point lead in the Moto2 World Championship™ standings.
The Australian secured pole position after a strong qualifying and was able to finish fourth on Sunday.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider dropped positions after Marco Bezzecchi moved from third on the grid into first place on the opening lap. Gardner and Aron Canet continued to apply pressure to race leader Bezzecchi and forced him into a mistake on lap seven.
By lap eight, Gardner was back in the lead, with both he and Canet moving clear of Bezzecchi. Gardner held the lead before a crucial mistake on lap-20, which saw him drop to fifth place before fighting back and crossing the line in fourth.
“It was a shame about the run-off that we suffered at Turn 4, as we had led for a large part of the race. Our rivals were a bit stronger than us today,” Gardner said after the race.
“When the second-placed rider passed me, it was the first time I got a slipstream from him all the way to the corner, and I just didn’t expect to have so much of a pull from it. That made me go into the gravel and lose more than five seconds.
Nevertheless, I am happy because we took the fourth position and picked up some important points. I want to thank the team for the work they did and, at the same time, apologise for not making it onto the podium.”
The Moto2 World Championship™ season returns to the Red Bull Ring next week for the Austrian Grand Prix, from August 13-15th.