Gardner disappointed after poor start in German MotoGP

Remy Gardner follows the peloton at Sachsenring

Remy Gardner was left disappointed after scoring a single point in a German MotoGP race he admitted started badly.

The Tech3 KTM rider qualified 21st and was trailing the pack of 23 at the end of the set lap, before climbing up to 14th.

In the end, he finished 15th, three positions and 4.3 seconds behind his teammate Raul Fernandez, after 30 laps around the Sachsenring.

“I’m a bit disappointed with today’s race,” said Gardner.

“We got off to a bad start and I ended up last at the end of the first lap so I had to fight to catch up, which meant I used my rear tire faster than I expected.

“It was so hot today, so it was tough physically too.

“I think I held on pretty well though, I just couldn’t go fast.

“We will analyze what happened and not make the same mistakes in the future.”

Tech3 KTM team manager Hervé Poncharal said of the Sydney-born rider: “Remy had a great race and pushed a lot as always.

“He is a great part of the KTM family as he continues to provide us with valuable feedback on the bike which is very important.

“He had a similar race to his team-mate although he wasn’t able to make the final move in the closing laps.”

Gardner

Having placed 11th a fortnight earlier, the result actually represented Gardner’s first consecutive points in the premier class.

The same could be said for Fernandez, who didn’t score until he finished 15th at Catalunya.

The Spaniard had a turbulent race at the Sachsenring, reporting smoke on his bike before gaining a clear 10 positions from which he started to finish 12th.

“It was the first time this season that I really enjoyed racing on the bike,” Fernandez said.

“This morning, I felt good during the warm-up and I was very consistent.

“Before the start of the race we saw smoke on my bike so I was a bit worried, but it didn’t turn out to be a problem.

“The start of the race was crazy but after a few laps I felt more comfortable and had a good race pace.

“I struggled to turn right and manage the front tyre, so I lost a lot of time at the start.

“Otherwise, I had a rhythm similar to [Red Bull KTM riders] Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder, which I’m really happy with.

“The temperature was very difficult today, but I felt good physically.

“I’m looking forward to Assen next week, and I think the changes to the bike will work.”

In the championship, it’s still Gardner 23rd and Fernandez 24th, out of 24 full-time runners, but now at nine and five points respectively.

The Dutch TT will take place in Assen this weekend (June 24-26).

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