Remy Gardner Ends Season With Career Best Moto2 Finish In Valencia
Remy Gardner ended his time with the Tech3 Moto2 Racing team with a stunning ride to fifth, his best ever result in the FIM Moto2 World Championship, in today’s twenty-five lap race in Valencia.
Building steadily throughout the weekend, Remy was well inside the top ten after Free Practice, before qualifying seventeenth, for his final race aboard the Mistral 610 machine.
With rain continuing to fall as the grid lined up it was clear that the conditions would suit the #87.
Making one of his typical fast starts, Remy ending the opening lap in fourteenth before finding his rhythm moving forward through the field and into the top ten by the time the race reached half distance.
Fully focused, he produced the race of his career, lapping as fast as the leaders in the second half of the race to move into the top six with only a handful of laps remaining.
Another perfectly executed move saw Gardner move into fifth, where he remained, crossing the line a fraction of a second behind eventual fourth place rider Mattia Pasini, to end the season with his best ever Moto2 result.
Clearly ecstatic, he will savour the moment before regrouping for 2019 where he joins the SAG Racing team aboard a Kalex.
“I was a little disappointed to only qualify seventeenth but knew if it continued to rain for the race we could get a good result. It was a long race but I am super happy to finish fifth, by far my best race and my best race finish in Moto2. It was a fun race and good to end the year and my time with Tech3 this way. Big thanks to them, and big thanks to everyone who has been supporting me. Time to relax a little now and then come back even stronger next year where I will be with a new team.”
Hervé Poncharal – Tech3 Team Manager
“Finally, a very positive result for Remy and the Mistral in the Moto2 class. We were so disappointed and sad after doing so well in Australia, but not finishing the race. The same happened again in Malaysia. WE know the bike is working well in Valencia. We knew Remy likes the difficult conditions we had today, but you can never be sure. There were so many crashes today. He started quite low, but we could see him coming and catching a lot of riders. But we also saw many crashes in front, so we were praying for him to go up the order, but also not pushing too much and I think in the end, he did the best race he could have done. He’s been passing anyone, he never did any mistake and he never gave up. When following him, he looked quite safe. To finish the race top 5, which is the last race of the Mistral 610, the last race of Remy with us, the last race of the Honda era – this is a fantastic result. I think the whole team deserves that, Remy deserves that and we are very, very happy. We would have liked Bo to be there as well, but we understood what happened and the reason why. We would have liked Hector to be there, as it was an important race for him, but I think he has seen what the team can do and I think this has been a good weekend for him anyway. I’d like to thank Hector for replacing Bo, for trying hard. Unfortunately he crashed and he was physically not fit to ride today, but I hope he comes and join us to celebrate tonight that great way of ending the Moto2 adventure with Mistral. Thanks to all the guys and very special congratulations to Remy.”
|Circuit Ricardo Tormo, 25 laps, 100.1 km (1 lap: 4.005 km)|
|1.||Oliveira M.||Red Bull KTM Ajo||45:07.639|
|3.||Marquez A.||Estrella Galicia Marc VDS||+22.175|
|4.||Pasini M.||Italtrans Racing Team||+28.892|
|5.||Gardner R.||Tech 3 Racing||+30.106|
|6.||Quartararo F.||HDR Heidrun-Speed Up||+32.126|
|7.||Schrotter M.||Dynavolt Intact GP||+33.086|
|8.||Fernandez A.||Pons HP40||+33.950|
|9.||Locatelli A.||Italtrans Racing Team||+35.707|
|10.||Corsi S.||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||+37.019|
|11.||Aegerter D.||Kiefer Racing||+43.844|
|12.||Nagashima T.||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||+45.871|
|13.||Odendaal S.||NTS RW Racing GP||+49.113|
|14.||Bagnaia F.||Sky Racing Team VR46||+53.288|
|15.||Raffin J.||SAG Team||+1:08.712|
|16.||Vinales I.||Forward Racing Team||+1:25.666|
|17.||Cardelus X.||Marinelli Snipers Team||+1:32.166|
|18.||Danilo J.||SAG Team||+1:47.502|
|19.||Fuligni F.||Tasca Racing Scuderia Moto2||+1 l.|
|20.||Tulovic L.||Forward Racing Team||+1 l.|
|DNF||Tuuli N.||SIC Racing Team||Retired|
|DNF||Vierge X.||Dynavolt Intact GP||Retired|
|DNF||Roberts J.||NTS RW Racing GP||Accident|
|DNF||Navarro J.||Federal Oil Gresini||Accident|
|DNF||Marcon T.||HDR Heidrun-Speed Up||Accident|
|DNF||Binder B.||Red Bull KTM Ajo||Accident|
|DNF||Pawi K. I.||Idemitsu Honda Team Asia||Accident|
|DNF||Marini L.||Sky Racing Team VR46||Accident|
|DNF||Baldassarri L.||Pons HP40||Accident|
|DNF||Mir J.||Estrella Galicia Marc VDS||Accident|
|Moto2 Championship Standings|
|10||Fabio QUARTARARO||Speed Up||FRA||138|
|19||Remy GARDNER||Tech 3||AUS||40|
|25||Danny KENT||Speed Up||GBR||8|
|29||Bo BENDSNEYDER||Tech 3||NED||2|
|30||Khairul Idham PAWI||Kalex||MAL||1|
|31||Edgar PONS||Speed Up||SPA||1|