Second spot on the Portimao grid for Remy Gardner
After a positive opening day on Friday, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders carried over their good feeling to Saturday in qualifying for the Portuguese Grand Prix. Both Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez would make their way directly into Q2, with the Australian taking a front row spot on the grid, in second position, and the Spaniard occupying 10th place.
Amidst optimal weather conditions, the pair participated in FP3, in which they once again showed their strong form. Gardner finished second, becoming the first rider to break the 1:43 barrier with a personal best of 1:42.643, 1 tenth off the top spot. The Australian put in a further 16 laps, whilst Fernandez ran 15 laps at a good pace. The Spaniard ended in sixth place with a 1:43.040.
Both went straight into Q2, in which Gardner placed second after stopping the clock at 1:42.924, 23 thousandths off the pole position. With this result, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider thus secured a place on the first row of the Portuguese GP grid. Fernandez was 10th – having set a 1:43.389 time -, after Race Direction cancelled his last lap due to a yellow flag.
The 23-lap Moto2 Portuguese Grand Prix will be held at 2:30 PM local time on Sunday, following the MotoGP contest.
87 REMY GARDNER
“We achieved a good result and we saw that we have the pace. Qualifying was quite different from the morning’s Free Practice session. We changed some aspects of the bike that didn’t end up working as expected. However, I am happy with this second place on the grid for tomorrow. The important thing is the race, so we will do our best to get a great position. I’m satisfied and I enjoyed riding at this track so far.”