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!”

MotoGP Rnd Brno Remy Gardner
Remy Gardner

Moto2 Race Results

Pos Rider Bike Time/Gap
1 Brad Binder KTM 37m24.963
2 Alex Marquez Kalex +0.330
3 Jorge Navarro Speed Up +1.839
4 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex +2.183
5 Augusto Fernandez Kalex +3.303
6 Thomas Luthi Kalex +4.645
7 Jorge Martin KTM +5.200
8 Iker Lecuona KTM +5.285
9 Marcel Schrotter Kalex +6.973
10 Mattia Pasini Kalex +9.428
11 Andrea Locatelli Kalex +11.203
12 Somkiat Chantra Kalex +12.252
13 Nicolo Bulega Kalex +13.099
14 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up +13.886
15 Bo Bendsneyder NTS +18.684
16 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta +20.714
17 Dominique Aegerter MV Agusta +25.000
18 Jonas Folger Kalex +25.226
19 Jake Dixon KTM +28.471
20 Steven Odendaal NTS +29.993
21 Joe Roberts KTM +33.876
22 Philipp Oettl KTM +34.746
23 Marco Bezzecchi KTM +38.031
24 Sam Lowes Kalex +44.263
25 Teppei Nagoe Kalex +1’00.320
26 Xavi Cardelus KTM +1’00.432
27 Lukas Tulovic KTM +1’00.934
Not Classified
DNF Enea Bastianini Kalex 5 Laps
DNF Luca Marini Kalex 5 Laps
DNF Remy Gardner Kalex 6 Laps
DNF Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex 18 Laps
DNF Xavi Vierge Kalex 22 Laps
Pos Rider Bike Nation Points
1 Alex Marquez Kalex SPA 181
2 Thomas Luthi Kalex SWI 138
3 Jorge Navarro Speed Up SPA 126
4 Augusto Fernandez Kalex SPA 121
5 Lorenzo Baldassarri Kalex ITA 115
6 Marcel Schrotter Kalex GER 114
7 Brad Binder KTM RSA 109
8 Luca Marini Kalex ITA 101
9 Enea Bastianini Kalex ITA 74
10 Fabio Di Giannantonio Speed Up ITA 59
11 Tetsuta Nagashima Kalex JPN 52
12 Remy Gardner Kalex AUS 44
13 Iker Lecuona KTM SPA 41
14 Xavi Vierge Kalex SPA 39
15 Sam Lowes Kalex GBR 38
16 Andrea Locatelli Kalex ITA 38
17 Nicolo Bulega Kalex ITA 28
18 Mattia Pasini Kalex ITA 24
19 Jorge Martin KTM SPA 22
20 Dominique Aegerter MV Agusta SWI 12
21 Somkiat Chantra Kalex THA 11
22 Stefano Manzi MV Agusta ITA 10
23 Simone Corsi Kalex ITA 10
24 Marco Bezzecchi KTM ITA 10
25 Bo Bendsneyder NTS NED 6
26 Jake Dixon KTM GBR 4
27 Joe Roberts KTM USA 4
28 Lukas Tulovic KTM GER 3
29 Khairul Idham Pawi Kalex MAL 3
30 Jesko Raffin NTS SWI 3
31 Steven Odendaal NTS RSA 0
32 Jonas Folger Kalex GER 0
33 Philipp Oettl KTM GER 0
34 Xavi Cardelus KTM AND 0
35 Dimas Ekky Pratama Kalex INA 0
36 Gabriele Ruiu MV Agusta ITA 0
37 Teppei Nagoe Kalex JPN 0