Moto 2: Remy Gardner Takes Second Victory of the Season at Catalunya

Published on June 6, 2021
By Jack Hammersley

It was a perfectly executed race by Australia’s Remy Gardner to take victory and extend his championship lead

It was a perfect start for pole sitter Remy Gardner taking the holeshot into turn one with his team-mate Raul Fernandez in second with Bo Bendseyder in thrid, but Bo quickly made a move on Raul at turn five but Raul immediately took the position back at turn seven and set his sights on Gardner.

Further down Marco Bezzecchi made a great start from tenth on the grid to end up in sixth position on the grid which was a great position for the Italian to be in considering the Italian’s doubts before the race. Britain’s Sam Lowes however dropped for positions off the start, dropping from eighth to twelfth, leaving the Marc VDS rider a lot of work to do.

Marco Bezzecchi then progressed up the field, overtaking Elf Marc VDS’s Augusto Fernandez at turn one on lap three to jump into fifth place. Inde Aspar’s Aron Canet then replicated the overtake on Augusto Fernandez the next lap for sixth position, the two Spaniards would then dice for sixth position over the course of the lap with Canet coming out on top.

Augusto was then able to retake the position on lap six at turn one and hoped to tag along with Bezzecchi to chase the final podium position. Unfortunately for Aron Canet, he lost the front at turn five on lap seven, ending what looked to be a promising race for the Spaniard.

The battle for the lead then heated up as Raul Fernandez made his move on his team-mate at turn one on lap 12 and gave a signal to follow and not battle to try and open a gap to the chasing pack who had started to gain a bit of time over the Red Bull KTM Ajo bikes which they were able to do.

Bo Bendseyder then started to struggle at the late stages of the race, Xavi Vierge then made his move on the Dutchman at turn one on lap 16 to get into the podium position. SKY Racing VR46’s Marco Bezzecchi then made this move on Bo also at turn one the following lap.

On lap 17 Raul Fernandez got a track limits warning meaning that if he exceeded track limits two more times he would have to take the long lap penalty, Elf Marc VDS’s Sam Lowes also got the same message on the same lap.

On lap 20 Remy Gardner made a late move on his team-mate at turn one, releasing the brake and sitting Raul up and he set his sights on victory and extending his championship lead. Then on lap 21 Augusto Fernandez made his move on Bo Bendseyder to get into the top five; Ai Ogura also crashed out of a great seventh place at turn four, giving the position to Sam Lowes.

Remy Gardner crossed the line to take his second victory in succession and extended his championship lead, his team-mate Raul Fernandez finished in second place meaning that the Red Bull KTM Ajo team have taken three consecutive one-two finishes. Xavi Vierge was able to hold off Marco Bezzecchi who came close to putting in a pass but wasn’t close enough to make an attempt, but Marco was happy to be in fourth place considering the struggles he’d had over the weekend. Augusto Fernandez took his first top five finish since Le Mans last year, hopefully the Spaniard can get his form back from 2019 and start fighting for the podium positions.

Bo Bendseyder finished in sixth position with Sam Lowes crossing the line in seventh. Marcel Schrotter, Somkiat Chantra and Joe Roberts rounded out the top 10. Jorge Navarro, Albert Arenas, Tony Arbolino, Celestino Vietti and Thomas Luthi finished in the final points paying positions, with Britain’s Jake Dixon finishing in 18th from 32nd on the grid.

Remy Gardner now has an 11 point lead over Raul Fernandez with 139 points, Marco Bezzecchi 38 points behind whilst Sam Lowes is 64 points behind; After a crash with Hector Garzo, Fabio Di Giannantonio remains on 60 points with Joe Roberts on 50 points.

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