Gardner’s Bite: victory and title within three-point shot

Gardner’s bite in Portugal, like a crocodile arrived from his native Australia, which puts the Moto2 title on a silver platter. The general leader has achieved his fifth victory of the season at the Portimao 2 meeting, just ahead of Raúl Fernández, his only rival in the fight for the title, and thus extends the advantage he had brought up to here from 18 to 23 points.

The son of the 500cc champion could not take advantage of his first title ball today, but he will be champion in Valencia, adding there only three more points, the equivalent of a thirteenth place. He has it very close at hand, because even with a worse result he would be champion if his boxing partner could not get victory at the Ricardo Tormo.

For Remy to have been crowned in Portimao, he should have won and that Raúl did not exceed third place, but the Madrilenian from San Martín de la Vega was second and at least got the championship to reach Valencia alive. There was a moment when it seemed like he would be the one to win the race, and with the added bonus of seeing Gardner in third place, when Bezzecchi passed him. That would have meant a cut of nine points and a ticket in first to still dream of important title options, but the joy did not last long. The Australian soon got rid of the Italian and easily caught his boxing partner, whom he passed without problems on the thirteenth lap so as not to give up the first place anymore.

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Raúl tried hard not to lose his wheel. He was doing the rubber for a few laps, but The leader was able to face the last two laps with more than a second of advantage and knew how to manage without problems from there to the finish line. Behind it was and left in anecdote the fall suffered on Friday, when he swallowed Ramírez in the curvature of entry to goal and suffered a small rib fissure. On Saturday we asked him at the paddock how he was and if that rib could bother him in the race, to which he replied: “These Australian eggs can do anything.” However, it is not known for sure, but to win for the fifth time this year, and leave the championship half sentenced, he did.

Further back, Bezzecchi sank to eighth place, hurt by the choice of the side tire. It is the same one that Raúl chose, but he gave him to be second, with 0.885 advantage over Lowes, who finished third ahead of Canet, who in turn beat Beaubier by five thousandths. Further back, Navarro seventh, Augusto Fernández ninth, Garzó 12th, Ramírez 14th and Aldeguer 16th. Arenas and Vierge did not end due to a fall.

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