News 13 Aug 2019

Marquez could’ve ‘given me more space’ declares Gardner

Australian Moto2 contender crashes out of podium contention in Austria.

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SAG Racing Team’s Remy Gardner believes Alex Marquez (EG 0,0 Marc VDS) could’ve given him more space in the incident that saw the Australian crash out of the Austrian grand prix, where he was vying for a podium position and possible maiden victory in the Moto2 category.

Gardner moved wide when eventual race winner Brad Binder (Red Bull KTM Ajo) approached turn one at a slower pace, however the number 87 made contact with Marquez once rejoining the race line and went down in the process.

“The team and I worked better for the whole weekend to improve our pace and the lap in qualifying was a good one, but we were losing a third of a second on the straights due to a small problem,” Gardner explained. “I was unable to fight for the Pole, but we reset everything ready for the race and to be honest I am leaving Austria asking when will my luck change?

“I gave it everything today and had the pace to win! I am really disappointed. Binder went into the corner a lot slower, I went wide to avoid him and made contact with Marquez and that was that. He could have given me more space, but it’s been deemed a racing incident, so we have to just focus on getting the result we all deserve there.”

The Moto2 World Championship now heads to Silverstone in Great Britain, the venue where Gardner earned his first-ever intermediate class front-row start in 2018 before the event was cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

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