Round three of the FIM CEV Buckler at Motorland Aragón proved to be another rollercoaster of a weekend for Remy Gardner. After qualifying on the second row in fourth, with a lap time that would have put him fourth on the last World Championship Moto3 grid at Motorland, Remy felt confident of a strong result today. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, and when the chequered flag come down on the fifteen- lap race he went over the line in seventeenth place.
The hotly contested CEV Moto3 class was an apparent showcase this weekend, with world-class lap times, and vigorous battles throughout the field of fourty-three riders.
Remy shot from fourth to second off the start, but was relegated to third by the end of the first lap. Championship leaders Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro quickly broke away from a train of seven equally matched riders, with Remy battling between third and fifth place for the first seven laps. “I was comfortable in the group, and didn’t feel I had to push too hard to keep up the pace. I knew I had time but wanted to keep at the front. Unfortunately I made a mistake trying to pass Maria Herrera. I went into the corner way too hot and crashed. Luckily I was able to get the bike back on the track, but had to come back from around thirtieth position. There weren’t enough laps left in the race to get back to where I wanted to be, and I eventually ran out of time,” said Remy.
The mistake has been a bitter pill to swallow today and Remy added, “I feel really bad for the team because we were all confident I could get a good result this weekend. I’ve let myself and my team down, but it just makes me more determined to fight for a podium at the next race at Montmelo in a few weeks.”
Congratulations to race winner Fabio Quartararo (France); Jorge Navarro (Spain) in second; and Hiroki Ono (Japan).