Top three time injects confidence into Gardner ahead of Qatar’s opener

Youthful talent consistently quick during testing at Losail International Circuit.

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Winding up P3 on the timesheets on the final day of Moto2 World Championship testing at Losail International Circuit in Qatar has injected confidence into Remy Gardner ahead of the season-opener at the venue this weekend.

Quickly adapting to the new Triumph powerplant along with new surroundings in ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team, the Australian was consistently quick during testing, falling just 0.055s shy of pace-setter Alex Lowes (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2) on day two before being 0.316s off the British talent on Sunday’s final outing.

“It was a good test, we ended up being fast although we did not have the best time but I felt really comfortable.” Gardner explained. “We have made many changes over the weekend and we have greatly improved the configuration of the bike.

“We made the race simulation with a good steady pace at the time of the fastest lap and I feel very confident for the next weekend. I am really happy with the equipment and the work done.”

Landing inside the top 10 at the Jerez test, and now being on pace in Qatar, it’s evident Gardner’s transition the SAG Racing squad is a promising one in just the early stages.

Gardner enters the 2019 season coming off one of the best campaigns of his career, where he earned his maiden front row start – which he was later denied of due to Silverstone’s cancellation – while also recording a career-best result of fifth at Valencia’s finale.


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