Gardner escapes injury in opening lap incident at Barcelona

SAG Racing Team rider registers DNF at Spanish round.

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Australian Remy Gardner has escaped injury following an opening lap crash at the Catalan grand prix for round seven of the 2019 Moto2 World Championship.

Former points leader Lorenzo Baldassarri (FlexBox HP40) made contact with the SAG Racing Team challenger on lap one, tagging Gardner’s front brake and subsequently sending him over the bars.

“It should have been a good race for us today but that’s racing,” Gardner reflected. “We qualified eleventh but honestly, I think we had the pace for the top six but I had a little front tuck and then dropped it in the gravel so was unable to improve.

“In the race I made a good start, got up to ninth and then someone train wrecked it into turn four, tagged my front brake and that was that. Nothing else to say about the incident but I move on to Assen where I am sure we will show once again that we have the pace to run at the front. Thanks for all the support on social media and thanks to the team and all my sponsors.”

Baldassarri later crashed in the 22-lap encounter and was forced to register a DNF while dropping to fourth in the standings. Gardner is now ranked 10th in the championship.


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