Gardner among pace-setters as Moto2 testing concludes

Remy Gardner

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Remy Gardner was once again just hundredths of a second off the fastest lap as Moto2’s official pre-season test wrapped up at Qatar.

The Australian ended up third-quickest on Day 3, 0.048s slower than Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS) and 0.035s adrift of Marco Bezzecchi (Sky Racing Team VR46), having set a personal best 1:58.703s.

Gardner had been fastest on Day 1 at the Losail International Circuit with a 1:59.074s and fourth on Day 2 on a 1:58.894s which left him 0.062s away from the top of the timesheet.

“I am very satisfied with the work we did over these three days,” said the 23-year-old, a week out from his first grand prix with Red Bull KTM Ajo.

“Despite the conditions not being so good, in general, we set a strong pace.

“We are clear about things for next weekend, and that is the important thing.

“I want to thank the team for everything. I can’t wait for the first race of the year.”

As was the case on the first two days, the first session saw precious little activity, with only one rider setting a lap time, before a relatively slow second session.

It was the evening session when the pace came as Lowes put in the 1:58.655s which would not be beaten on his 13th lap of 28.

Fourth on the day was Jake Dixon, from Day 2 fast man Xavi Vierge, Bo Bendsneyder, and Nicolo Bulega.

Gardner’s team-mate, Raul Fernandez, was the fastest rookie every day, the latter of which he finished eighth outright, with the top 10 rounded out by Albert Arenas and Aron Canet.

Red Bull KTM ended up on top of Moto3 with a final day one-two, Jaume Masia clocking a 2:04.263s and Pedro Acosta a 2:04.569s.

All three classes are in action when the Qatar Grand Prix takes place from this coming Friday.

Day 3: Losail Official Test

Pos Num Rider Nat Team Bike Fastest lap Sess. Gap 1st/Prev
1 22 Sam LOWES GBR Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:58.655 D3S3
2 72 Marco BEZZECCHI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 1:58.668 D3S3 0.013/0.013
3 87 Remy GARDNER AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:58.703 D3S3 0.048/0.035
4 96 Jake DIXON GBR Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 1:58.837 D3S3 0.182/0.134
5 97 Xavi VIERGE ESP Petronas Sprinta Racing Kalex 1:58.871 D3S3 0.216/0.034
6 64 Bo BENDSNEYDER NED Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team Kalex 1:58.904 D3S3 0.249/0.033
7 11 Nicolo BULEGA ITA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:58.975 D3S3 0.320/0.071
8 25 Raul FERNANDEZ ESP Red Bull KTM Ajo Kalex 1:59.030 D3S3 0.375/0.055
9 75 Albert ARENAS ESP Inde Aspar Team Boscoscuro 1:59.082 D3S3 0.427/0.052
10 44 Aron CANET ESP Inde Aspar Team Boscoscuro 1:59.205 D3S3 0.550/0.123
11 62 Stefano MANZI ITA Flexbox HP 40 Kalex 1:59.331 D3S3 0.676/0.126
12 79 Ai OGURA JPN IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 1:59.334 D3S3 0.679/0.003
13 6 Cameron BEAUBIER USA American Racing Kalex 1:59.350 D3S3 0.695/0.016
14 16 Joe ROBERTS USA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:59.361 D3S3 0.706/0.011
15 23 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex 1:59.473 D3S3 0.818/0.112
16 14 Tony ARBOLINO ITA Liqui Moly Intact GP Kalex 1:59.513 D3S3 0.858/0.040
17 9 Jorge NAVARRO ESP MB Conveyors Speed Up Boscoscuro 1:59.516 D3S3 0.861/0.003
18 21 Fabio DI GIANNANTONIO ITA Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 Kalex 1:59.521 D3S3 0.866/0.005
19 40 Hector GARZO ESP Flexbox HP 40 Kalex 1:59.536 D3S3 0.881/0.015
20 12 Thomas LUTHI SUI Pertamina Mandalika SAG Team Kalex 1:59.658 D3S3 1.003/0.122
21 35 Somkiat CHANTRA THA IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia Kalex 1:59.676 D3S3 1.021/0.018
22 42 Marcos RAMIREZ ESP American Racing Kalex 1:59.703 D3S3 1.048/0.027
23 7 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI ITA MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta 1:59.731 D3S3 1.076/0.028
24 37 Augusto FERNANDEZ ESP Elf Marc VDS Racing Team Kalex 1:59.739 D3S3 1.084/0.008
25 13 Celestino VIETTI ITA SKY Racing Team VR46 Kalex 1:59.908 D3S3 1.253/0.169
26 19 Lorenzo DALLA PORTA ITA Italtrans Racing Team Kalex 1:59.969 D3S3 1.314/0.061
27 5 Yari MONTELLA ITA MB Conveyors Speed Up Boscoscuro 2:00.160 D3S3 1.505/0.191
28 24 Simone CORSI ITA MV Agusta Forward Racing MV Agusta 2:00.336 D3S3 1.681/0.176
29 70 Barry BALTUS BEL NTS RW Racing GP NTS 2:00.503 D3S3 1.848/0.167
30 55 Hafizh SYAHRIN MAS NTS RW Racing GP NTS 2:00.873 D3S3 2.218/0.370

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