Remy sets to work at Losail as the season begins in earnest
Tech3 KTM Factory Racing and their exciting duo of rookies Remy Gardner and teammate Raul Fernandez travelled to Doha in Qatar this week for the opening round of the 2022 MotoGP™ World Championship. After two very busy media days on Wednesday and Thursday filled with interviews, shootings, and fun activities, things got serious today as the MotoGP™ class launched the festivities with Free Practice 1 and 2 at the Losail International Circuit.
Remy Gardner was really excited to get his MotoGP™ career started here in Doha after a very intense preseason in Sepang and Mandalika. The Australian rider had a similar experience to his teammate as the first practice was all about track discovery with a much more powerful engine to what he had been used to here in the past.
At night, Remy made some big improvements and reached his best-lap time in 1’54.929. With the top 15 riders all less than one second from each other, our number 87 finished the day in P21, only 1.497 seconds from the top, promising us a very exciting weekend at the Grand Prix of Qatar.
The action will resume tomorrow with FP3 at 13:15 track time (GMT+3), followed by the final Free Practice at 17:20 (GMT+3). Both Remy and teammate Raul will then have their first test when Qualifying 1 kicks-off at 18:00 (GMT+3).
“Today was my first day as a MotoGP rider and I had a lot of fun out on track. This track feels so different on a MotoGP bike for sure, the corners come much faster and I need to get used to this. We still have some things to improve on my bike set-up, but I believe that we are in the right direction. I enjoyed today a lot and I already look forward to getting back on track tomorrow.”