#FrenchGP makes for a weekend to forget for Remy Gardner
The Tech3 KTM Factory Racing took its seventh start of the season in Le Mans for the SHARK Grand Prix de France, with a record-breaking attendance from the French motorcycle fans who were back in full capacity for the first time since 2019. The atmosphere was very special as the crowd sang their national anthem, the iconic Marseillaise, before the race started. Rookie Remy Gardner and his teammate Raul Fernandez were starting from the twenty-second and twenty-fourth positions respectively following a tough qualifying Saturday on the famous Bugatti Circuit.
A cloudy Sunday was on the horizon this morning as grey clouds started to threaten the MotoGP paddock. Was it going to be a dry, wet, flag-to-flag race? During the twenty-minutes of the allocated warm up, Remy made his final adjustments for the race in two runs separated by a bike swap training ahead of an eventual flag-to-flag race. The rain eventually came earlier than planned today, at 11am, and the sun was shining for the MotoGP race this afternoon.
Remy was one of the three riders on the grid to set off with a hard tyre at the front. From his twenty-second, he took a great start and got himself rapidly in the positions close to the top 15. Unfortunately, a contact with fellow rookie rider Fabio Di Giannantonio caused Remy to crash in only his fourth lap, in corner 7. A tough result to swallow for Remy and his crew after a good start to the race.
“It was a very difficult weekend for us here at the French Grand Prix. We struggled to find a good pace or the right settings on Friday and Saturday, but today it seemed that we had managed to make a little step. Fabio Di Giannantonio closed the door under my nose, I did a high side, and retired unfortunately.”