News 25 Oct 2017

Gardner scores a Moto2 point in difficult Phillip Island affair

Australian entrant recovers from early off-track excursion.

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Youthful Australian Remy Gardner recovered from an early off-track excursion during his home grand prix last weekend at Phillip Island, charging to 15th in what marked the 16th round of the Moto2 World Championship.

The weekend started on a negative with a spectacular crashing during practice, although he was able post the 16th fastest time during Saturday’s qualifying, before pushing his way into a point paying position in Sunday’s 25-lap race.

“Qualifying wasn’t too bad but I was still looking for a bit more especially after being sevent in FP3, but I was happy with the work done,” Gardner reflected. “The race itself could have been something really good. I made a good start and I was behind Alex Marquez in a good spot and I felt like I could keep the pace.

“Pons pushed me wide and I lost the group so then it was a case of recovering. I fought the rest of the way with Syahrin who was on the podium last time out so whilst I am obviously disappointed not to finish higher in my home GP we have to be satisfied that we do have pace. Big thanks to the Tech3 team and to the fans who were awesome all weekend.”

The Tech 3 Racing rider currently sits 20th in the Moto2 standings as the prestigious series heads to Malaysia this weekend for the penultimate stop of the 18-round tour.