Despite recovering from a broken wrist, Remy Gardner had an impressive MotoGP™ debut race at the Qatar GP with a fifteenth-place finish.
The result was enough to secure the Australian’s first points finish and top Rookie honours in the highly competitive premier class.
Despite only qualifying in 22nd place, Gardner kept his cool throughout the action-packed race to move further up the order.
His Tech3 teammate, Raul Fernandez, came into the race with plenty of hype and expectation, but Gardner managed to finish three places in front of him.
Gardner shared his thoughts on the race soon after:
“Although it is not where we want to be, it is nice to be getting a MotoGP™ point. I felt good and fast during the first half of the race. However, I was expecting a bit more speed from the bike and found myself struggling to overtake during the first laps.
At one point, I felt capable of catching Maverick Viñales and Andrea Dovizioso, but I had Darren Binder in front of me, and I could not get past him. He is coming from the Moto3 class, so he was all over the place, coming back on line without looking; he was wide. It was a disaster, and I lost the group. I am hoping to catch up with him to discuss this.
Brad Binder did a podium today, so we need to look at his data and what he did in order to help us improve and go faster. It is a great result. Anyway, we finished the race today, and we will take experience from it when heading to Mandalika.”
We’ll next see Gardner and MotoGP™ back in action when the championship races in Indonesia on March 20th.