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Remy Gardner shows his pace in a tough fought race at San Marino

Monday, 20 September 2021

The Aussie made a late challenge for the win.

Remy Gardner has fought back in the San Marino Grand Prix race to finish second behind his Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate Raul Fernandez.

The team enjoyed their sixth one-two finish for the season, with Gardner also notching up his 11th podium for the year.

With four races to go for the season, Gardner will be hoping to remain consistently on the podium to fend off the late-season charge from Fernandez. The Spanish rider continues to impress despite pain from a broken right hand.

Gardner – who qualified fourth – was challenged on the opening lap and lost positions. His patience was essential, and he could make moves through the field over the race.

On the final lap, Gardner moved into P2 and had one chance for a charge at his teammate leading the way. It wasn’t to be, though, with the Aussie losing tyre grip and having to work hard to stay on the bike.

“It was a spectacular race today. We pushed hard to get the victory, but a mistake at Turn 11 on the last lap prevented us from doing so,” said Gardner.

“What I will take away is that we were very fast, and I felt strong. The important thing is that we have once again limited the damage and picked up 20 more points. We can’t complain.

“I want to thank the team and everyone who supports me. We will give it our all again at the next race.”

The Australian remains atop the Moto2 World Championship standings with 271 points. Fernandez fights in second place with 237, and Marco Bezzecchi rounds out the top three with 190.

Action resumes in two weeks for the Americas Grand Prix, held from 1-3 October.