Gardner crash gives Spaniard a title sniff
Remy Gardner's Moto2 motorcycle championship lead has been slashed after he crashed out of the race in Texas, with his Spanish teammate Raul Fernandez taking the honours to close in on the Australian.
The 23-year-old Gardner had clawed his way back to second position on the Circuit of The Americas track in Austin to sit just behind Fernandez but crashed on the sixth lap.
With his Red Bull KTM Ajo teammate collecting 25 points for the win, Gardner's championship lead over Fernandez is now just nine points with three races remaining.
Italians Fabio Di Giannantonio and Marco Bezzecchi completed the podium.
"Unfortunately we crashed today and we were not able to finish," Gardner posted through his race team on Twitter.
"I was pushing really hard and we had a good pace but this is racing and sometimes we make mistakes.
"Of course I will fight and give my all until the end.
"It ain't over until it's over."
The son of 1987 500cc world champion Wayne Gardner, Remy appeared in good shape in Texas after qualifying on the front row alongside 20-year-old Fernandez.
After some early traffic Gardner found his way through to second on lap four and pulled away from the pack with his eye on the rookie Spaniard.
But he arrived wide at turn 15 and hit the deck, allowing Fernandez the freedom to storm home to the chequered flag.
It was his third consecutive victory and seventh race win from 15 rounds in 2021.
Gardner has had four wins but his consistent competitiveness, with 11 podium finishes, has him narrowly ahead in the standings.
The season-long duel continues with the next round in Misano, Italy, on October 22-24.
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