Remy Gardner narrowly missed out on the race victory as he fought hard and finished with a well-deserved second place. It was the Australian riders first podium in the Moto2 class and the ONEXOX TKKR SAG Racing Team.
Although he crossed the line 1.244 seconds behind the Italian Lorenzo Baldassarri the battle had gone to the final few laps.
Despite having been the fastest on track at the end of the free practice sessions Gardner only managed seventh in a very tight qualify session on Saturday.
In the race Gardner hit the front by the end of the second lap and stayed there until the half-way stage, when Marcel Schrotter moved ahead. The number 87 return to the front of the race with eight laps to go. A charging Lorenzo Baldassarri then came through and a hard move initially saw Gardner drop to third. However, he fought back to cliam the runner-up spot at the chequered flag.
Gardner finished the first race in Qatar in fourth position missing out on the podium by the smallest of margins. It was a fitting reward for him and the team to stand on the rostrum
We are only two races into the season but the the positive start sees Remy Gardner in second on 33 points behind Baldasarri on 50 points.
Remy Gardner: “You have no idea how long I have been waiting for this. I could’ve won it but Balda touched me and I got a bit out of shape on the brakes. I did it to the other guys so I’m not going to complain like a little girl, but I should have given him a bit more room and been a bit smarter with that tactic. I never gave up. Every time someone passed me, I was like no, I want this, and after losing out in Qatar by two hundredths when I saw Schrotter in front of me I thought, it’s not happening this time and so I just pulled my finger out and gave it everything. I have no words, I am a bit emotional. Massive thanks to the team, they have believed in me from the start and to everyone who has been sending tweets and messages on Facebook, thank you.”