News 1 Apr 2019

Gardner charged with emotion after career-first Moto2 podium

Argentina runner-up promotes Australian to second in world championship.

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Remy Gardner is charged with emotion after earning an incredible career-first grand prix podium in the Moto2 category at Argentina’s second round on Sunday.

The Australian put on an exceptional display, leading portions of the 23-lap encounter before racing home to a rewarding runner-up place result.

Gardner, who has found exceptional form since transitioning to the ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team this year along with the new-era Triumph-powered engine, says he no words after putting in the ride of his career at the Termas de Rio Hondo venue.

“You have no idea how long I have been waiting for this,” Gardner expressed. “I could’ve won it but Balda touched me and I got a bit out of shape on the brakes. I did it to the other guys so I’m not going to complain like a little girl, but I should have given him a bit more room and been a bit smarter with that tactic.

“I never gave up – every time someone passed me, I was like no, I want this, and after losing out in Qatar by two hundredths when I saw Schrotter in front of me I thought, it’s not happening this time and so I just pulled my finger out and gave it everything.

“I have no words, I am a bit emotional. Massive thanks to the team, they have believed in me from the start and to everyone who has been sending tweets and messages on Facebook, thank you.”

Son of former motorcycle grand prix world champion Wayne Gardner, the youthful talent now sits second in the Moto2 World Championship standings.