Clash with Alex Marquez costs Gardner dearly in Austria

Remy Gardner once again showed he is a contender for Moto2 World Championship glory after a stunning race saw him fighting for the win in yesterday’s Austrian GP before an incident curtailed his victory challenge.

Qualifying ninth, albeit less than three-tenths-of-a-second from the Pole, Gardner was confident of a front running performance and with rain in the air as Warm Up began expectations were high.

A strong start and a customary #87 charge soon saw Remy in the top three and hunting down the lead.

With six laps to go Remy went a little wider than usual after taking avoiding action to miss Brad Binder at Turn One, who was a little slower than the previous lap. On the exit he made contact with Alex Marquez, crashing out of what was looking like a well-deserved podium.

Disappointed, Gardner is determined to make amends at Silverstone, the venue of his maiden Moto2 Pole Position last year.

Remy Gardner

“The team and I worked better for the whole weekend to improve our pace and the lap in qualifying was a good one, but we were losing a third of a second on the straights due to a small problem. I was unable to fight for the Pole, but we reset everything ready for the race and to be honest I am leaving Austria asking when will my luck change? I gave it everything today and had the pace to win! I am really disappointed. Binder went into the corner a lot slower, I went wide to avoid him and made contact with Marquez and that was that. He could have given me more space, but it’s been deemed a racing incident, so we have to just focus on getting the result we all deserve there. Thanks again for all the support, it means a lot. See you in the UK!”

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Remy Gardner

Moto2 Race Results

PosRiderBikeTime/Gap
1Brad BinderKTM37m24.963
2Alex MarquezKalex+0.330
3Jorge NavarroSpeed Up+1.839
4Lorenzo BaldassarriKalex+2.183
5Augusto FernandezKalex+3.303
6Thomas LuthiKalex+4.645
7Jorge MartinKTM+5.200
8Iker LecuonaKTM+5.285
9Marcel SchrotterKalex+6.973
10Mattia PasiniKalex+9.428
11Andrea LocatelliKalex+11.203
12Somkiat ChantraKalex+12.252
13Nicolo BulegaKalex+13.099
14Fabio Di GiannantonioSpeed Up+13.886
15Bo BendsneyderNTS+18.684
16Stefano ManziMV Agusta+20.714
17Dominique AegerterMV Agusta+25.000
18Jonas FolgerKalex+25.226
19Jake DixonKTM+28.471
20Steven OdendaalNTS+29.993
21Joe RobertsKTM+33.876
22Philipp OettlKTM+34.746
23Marco BezzecchiKTM+38.031
24Sam LowesKalex+44.263
25Teppei NagoeKalex+1’00.320
26Xavi CardelusKTM+1’00.432
27Lukas TulovicKTM+1’00.934
Not Classified
DNFEnea BastianiniKalex5 Laps
DNFLuca MariniKalex5 Laps
DNFRemy GardnerKalex6 Laps
DNFTetsuta NagashimaKalex18 Laps
DNFXavi ViergeKalex22 Laps
PosRiderBikeNationPoints
1Alex MarquezKalexSPA181
2Thomas LuthiKalexSWI138
3Jorge NavarroSpeed UpSPA126
4Augusto FernandezKalexSPA121
5Lorenzo BaldassarriKalexITA115
6Marcel SchrotterKalexGER114
7Brad BinderKTMRSA109
8Luca MariniKalexITA101
9Enea BastianiniKalexITA74
10Fabio Di GiannantonioSpeed UpITA59
11Tetsuta NagashimaKalexJPN52
12Remy GardnerKalexAUS44
13Iker LecuonaKTMSPA41
14Xavi ViergeKalexSPA39
15Sam LowesKalexGBR38
16Andrea LocatelliKalexITA38
17Nicolo BulegaKalexITA28
18Mattia PasiniKalexITA24
19Jorge MartinKTMSPA22
20Dominique AegerterMV AgustaSWI12
21Somkiat ChantraKalexTHA11
22Stefano ManziMV AgustaITA10
23Simone CorsiKalexITA10
24Marco BezzecchiKTMITA10
25Bo BendsneyderNTSNED6
26Jake DixonKTMGBR4
27Joe RobertsKTMUSA4
28Lukas TulovicKTMGER3
29Khairul Idham PawiKalexMAL3
30Jesko RaffinNTSSWI3
31Steven OdendaalNTSRSA0
32Jonas FolgerKalexGER0
33Philipp OettlKTMGER0
34Xavi CardelusKTMAND0
35Dimas Ekky PratamaKalexINA0
36Gabriele RuiuMV AgustaITA0
37Teppei NagoeKalexJPN0