A short-lived triumph for Remy Gardner in Round 2 of the CEV Repsol
Remy Gardner had a great opportunity to show what he can do today, however he was unfortunately taken out by another rider on just the second lap of the race. Starting from twelfth on the grid, on the fourth row, he got a blinding start to settle into fifth place for the first two laps.
“I just couldn’t believe it when I got hit. I nearly saved it, but in the end I went down! I don’t know what I have to do to change my luck. I’ve done everything I can this weekend to improve my times and get the bike feeling right and I knew if I could get a good start and stay with the front group I could finish well. I know I can do much better this year, and I was hoping to be able to show that in the first two races. I’ll just have to look forward to the next race at Albacete next month,” said a philosophical Remy.
The weather on Sunday was perfect, after two incredibly windy days on Friday and Saturday. Remy was actually taken out by one big gust in practice, “It was really weird – this big wind just hit the front of the bike and took the wheel from under me. I’ve never had that before,” he said. The wind dropped slightly on Saturday morning and he finished the first qualifying session in 8th position, but felt he could go faster and had been caught up in traffic. In the afternoon the wind picked up again and for most of the session everyone was slower, however toward the end of Qualifying two the pace picked up a bit and Remy was relegated to Twelfth. “I was disappointed as I really felt I could have qualified better. There were 45 riders out on the track and I was unlucky that in both sessions I was caught up in traffic at exactly the same time my tyres were at their best. That’s why I was so happy to get such a good start,” said Remy.
Remy is working very well with Team Calvo/Laglisse and his father Wayne Gardner is extremely happy with the chemistry they’re developing. “Remy now has a great team around him. They’re building a really good relationship and I can see as they work together more in the next few months he will just go from strength to strength. We were all very disappointed for Remy today, but as I said to him it isn’t the first time it’s happened to him and it won’t be the last time in his career but he did prove to everyone he has what it takes to be in the top ten of this incredibly competitive championship and I’m very proud of how he conducted himself this weekend,” said Wayne.
Congratulations to the top three Moto 3 riders today: Maria Herrera (Spain) who won today, Jorge Navarro (Spain) in 2nd and Remy’s team-mate Alejandro Medina in 3rd.