Gardner hundredths off pace on Day 2 of Moto2 test

Remy Gardner

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Remy Gardner was part of a top six covered by less than 0.1s on Day 2 of Moto2’s official pre-season test in Qatar.

Having gone quickest on the evening prior, Gardner ended up fourth on the middle day of running at the Losail International Circuit, 0.062s slower than pace-setter Xavi Vierge (Petronas Sprinta Racing).

Once again, there was little activity in Session 1 of the day, and Session 3 proved far faster than Session 2 as the ambient temperature dropped.

Vierge clocked a 1:58.832s late in the piece, 0.242s faster than Gardner’s Day 1 benchmark, with Aron Canet (Inde Aspar Team) second again, on a 1:58.858s.

Jorge Navarro’s (MB Conveyors Speed Up) best was a 1:58.888s and Gardner’s a 1:58.894s, with Jake Dixon (Petronas Sprinta Racing) fifth and Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46) sixth, the latter just 0.089s back from the fastest lap of proceedings.

“We had another positive day of testing in Qatar today,” said Gardner.

“In the morning, there was a lot of wind, so we couldn’t ride much. Even so, we were able to try something out.

“In the afternoon, the conditions improved, and we did a positive job. We set the fourth fastest time, but were only a few thousandths off the top.

“I’m very happy with the pace we showed, as we are definitely on the right track.

“Once again, I want to thank the team. We still have one more day in which we will push to the fullest.”

Another 0.264s separated the top six from Bo Bendsneyder, while Gardner’s Red Bull KTM Ajo team-mate Raul Fernandez was top rookie again, in eighth.

Sam Lowes and Joe Roberts rounded out the top 10, with fastest in the Moto3 sessions being John McPhee (Petronas Sprinta) on a 2:05.286s.

The final day of the test commences this evening (AEDT).

Day 2: Losail Official Test

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Fastest lap Sess. Gap 1st/Prev
1 97 Xavi VIERGE ESP Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 1:58.832 D2S3  
2 44 Aron CANET ESP Inde Aspar Team Boscoscuro 1:58.858 D2S3 0.026/0.026
3 9 Jorge NAVARRO ESP MB Conveyors Speed Up Boscoscuro 1:58.888 D2S3 0.056/0.030
4 87 Remy GARDNER AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:58.894 D2S3 0.062/0.006
5 96 Jake DIXON GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 1:58.900 D2S3 0.068/0.006
6 72 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 1:58.921 D2S3 0.089/0.021
7 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team Kalex 1:59.185 D2S3 0.353/0.264
8 25 Raul FERNANDEZ ESP Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:59.204 D2S3 0.372/0.019
9 22 Sam LOWES GBR Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:59.211 D2S3 0.379/0.007
10 16 Joe ROBERTS USA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:59.245 D2S3 0.413/0.034
11 14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex 1:59.360 D2S3 0.528/0.115
12 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ ESP Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:59.468 D2S3 0.636/0.108
13 79 Ai OGURA JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 1:59.568 D2S3 0.736/0.100
14 62 Stefano MANZI ITA Flexbox HP 40 Kalex 1:59.569 D2S3 0.737/0.001
15 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team Kalex 1:59.644 D2S3 0.812/0.075
16 40 Hector GARZO ESP Flexbox HP 40 Kalex 1:59.656 D2S3 0.824/0.012
17 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:59.759 D2S3 0.927/0.103
18 24 Simone CORSI ITA MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta 1:59.762 D2S3 0.930/0.003
19 6 Cameron BEAUBIER USA American Racing Kalex 1:59.833 D2S3 1.001/0.071
20 75 Albert ARENAS ESP Inde Aspar Team Boscoscuro 1:59.854 D2S3 1.022/0.021
21 42 Marcos RAMIREZ ESP American Racing Kalex 1:59.904 D2S3 1.072/0.050
22 11 Nicolò BULEGA ITA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:59.913 D2S3 1.081/0.009
23 35 Somkiat CHANTRA THA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 1:59.978 D2S3 1.146/0.065
24 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta 1:59.994 D2S3 1.162/0.016
25 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex 2:00.035 D2S3 1.203/0.041
26 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 2:00.083 D2S3 1.251/0.048
27 5 Yari MONTELLA ITA MB Conveyors Speed Up Boscoscuro 2:00.116 D2S3 1.284/0.033
28 13 Celestino VIETTI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 2:00.538 D2S3 1.706/0.422
29 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS NTS RW Racing GP NTS 2:00.941 D2S3 2.109/0.403
30 70 Barry BALTUS BEL NTS RW Racing GP NTS 2:02.811 D2S2 3.979/1.870

Xavi Vierge

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