News 8 Aug 2017

Gardner ‘extremely happy’ with career-first top 10 in Moto2

Australian ninth in dramatic Moto2 restart at Brno grand prix.

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Youthful Australian talent Remy Gardner lodged his best result since entering the Moto2 World Championship at last weekend’s grand prix in Brno, Czech Republic, soaring to ninth in less than desirable conditions.

Gardner had a rough start to the weekend, crashing in the opening practice session before qualifying 26th. The 20-lap race initially saw Gardner move up five positions, however it was later red-flagged due to rain.

Upon the restart – which was run as six-lap sprint – the Tech3 Racing rider quickly went work from P22, fighting his way into the top 10 to cross the line a fraction behind current champion leader Franco Morbidelli (EG 0,0 Marc VDS).

“A small crash in FP1 wasn’t the way I wanted to return from the summer break but it was good to be back on the bike nevertheless,” Garnder explained. “FP3 was good and we made a big step but in qualifying I had no grip, and was a second slower than I went earlier in the day meaning 26th on the grid.

“Today was positive – I gained places in both starts but in the restart I felt much stronger from the get go and used my head to get my best ever grand prix finish. I crossed the line just behind Morbidelli who is leading the championship, but we still have work to do.

“I’m extremely happy and already looking forward to getting back on my Tech3 Mistral in Austria next week. Thanks to all my team and to everyone who is supporting me.”

The Moto2 World Championship now heads the Red Bull Ring in Austria for the 11th stop of the series, as Gardner sits 21st in the standings.