News 6 May 2019

Gardner denied of restart after frightening Moto2 crash

SAG Racing contender deemed unfit to continue due to concussion.

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Australian Remy Gardner was denied of restarting yesterday’s Moto2 race at Jerez after a frightening crash just moments into the encounter called for an immediate red flag, the SAG Racing ace deemed unfit to continue riding due to a concussion.

Starting from P4, Gardner quickly moved his way into third, however he high-sided exiting turn one, causing a frightening pile-up as the 31-rider field endeavoured to avoid the carnage.

The number 87 is still at a loss as to how the accident unfolded, although he’s thankful to walk away from the incident relatively unscathed while still being ranked fifth in the championship standings.

“We missed the front row by the smallest margin but I felt really good with the bike, the team and everything that is happening so I was really excited for the race,” Gardner explained.

“After a good warm up I thought we would have a good race. I made a decent start and after a bit of elbowing into turn one I slotted into third and then I high-sided and that was the end of what could have been another really good race result.

“I still don’t fully understand why I went down and then they wouldn’t let me restart. I am sorry for the team, and all my supporters. The main thing is I am okay, I’m still fifth in the championship and will be back strong in Le Mans.”

The race was restarted, albeit shortened to 15 laps. Lorenzo Baldassarri (Flexbox HP 40) rode to a commanding victory over Jorge Navarro (HDR Heidrun Speed Up) and Augusto Fernandez (Flexbox HP 40).