News 9 Mar 2018

Gardner completes ‘decent’ final Moto2 test in Spain

Tech3 Racing rider displays promising pace in the wet at Jerez.

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Australia’s Moto2 World Championship regular Remy Gardner has completed the final pre-season test with mixed results, now focused on making further advances at Qatar’s opening round of the season this month.

Gardner posted a best lap of 1m42.742s over the course of three days – his best lap coming on day two – in the rain-affected test, which placed him 18th overall on the charts. He was as high as fourth during the wet running on the final day.

“We finished testing early, after doing some laps in the wet this morning, which was quite successful,” Gardner said. “I think we could have refined our set-up a bit in the afternoon, but we didn’t want to risk anything before the race. Overall this test was decent, unfortunately I had two strange tyres and we couldn’t understand why we were not able to go fast.

“Then we put a different set of tyres on and were working towards a setting that was suiting the poor tyres. I would say, we are ready for Qatar. I think we can have a strong start into the season, although the final result doesn’t really reflect our potential.”

Overall it was KTM-mounted Sam Lowes (Swiss Innovative Investors) who was fastest in the Moto2 ranks with a 1m41.823s, while Jorge Martin (Del Conca Gresini Honda) led the way in Moto3 after posting a 1m45.945s.