Remy Gardner Consistent at Motorland Aragon Moto2 Round

Remy Gardner will be heading to the next round of the Moto2 World Championship in Motegi, Japan after a strong performance at the Motorland Aragon circuit with a hard fought 19th place. The pressure is on for Remy with his home round at Phillip Island in Australia approaching, with the rider currently boasting five championship points to his name.

Remy Gardner racing – Image by Tasca Racing
Remy Gardner – Image by Tasca Racing

Running close to the top fifteen throughout practice, Remy was caught out in qualifying, unable to get a clear lap which meant an eighth row start, but in typical Gardner fashion he was soon carving his way through the field, moving into the top twenty at the end of lap two.

The circuit, one of the longest on the calendar, always produces great racing and the penultimate in Europe this year was no exception with Gardner battling hard from start to finish, to finish a  credible 19th at the flag.  During the long race a six rider fight ensued with Remy in the group that at one stage was right on the back of the point scoring riders, while his final lap saw him engaged in a fierce battle with Julian Simon.

Looking ahead to the final four races that includes the three back to back fly away races Gardner is optimistic of finishing the season in style before he starts a new challenge with Tech3 Racing in 2017. The Motul Grand Prix of Japan at Twin Ring Motegi takes place in three weeks on October 16, with the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at
Phillip Island the following weekend (October 23).

Remy Gardner in the pit with father Wayne Gardner – Image by Tasca Racing
Remy Gardner in the pits with father Wayne Gardner – Image by Tasca Racing
Remy Gardner – 19th

“I wanted a little bit more but it wasn’t too bad in the end. The poor qualifying cost us points today so we need to work on that in the final four races. I knew it would be a tough race and I got held up a bit by a couple of slower riders and couldn’t bridge the gap to the next group. When I did catch them I’d burned the tyre and I had to push real hard to stay with them.

Remy Gardner #87 battling with Dominique Aegerter #77 – Image by Tasca Racing
Remy Gardner #87 battling with Dominique Aegerter #77 – Image by Tasca Racing

“It was a good fair race, consistent lap times and had a pretty nice final lap fight with Julian Simon. We passed each other about four times and it was good clean racing. I definitely wanted points this weekend but that’s racing. We are testing some things tomorrow that should give us some more speed which we need but all in all I am quite happy with what we achieved today. Thanks to the team, see you all in Japan!”

The Motul Grand Prix of Japan at Twin Ring Motegi takes place in three weeks, marking the first of the three back to back flyaway races.

MotoGP 2016 - Rnd 14 - Aragon - Race Results - Moto2
MotoGP 2016 – Rnd 14 – Aragon – Race Results – Moto2
MotoGP 2016 - Rnd 14 - Aragon - Championship Points - Moto2
MotoGP 2016 – Rnd 14 – Aragon – Championship Points – Moto2