Moto2 Algarve FP1: Remy Gardner takes the top spot 0.014 from Fernandez

Remy vs Raul hots up again as the title fighters arrive at their first match point at Portimao.

It’s been a season long battle with both Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez battling one another for the Moto2 title, both riders gaining and losing huge amounts of points in recent rounds to hand the title back into the hands of their opponent. Misano was exactly the same, at one point during the race Raul Fernandez held a championship lead of 10 points before crashing, eventually handing Remy a lead of 18 and the chance to take the title this weekend in Portimao. Gardner needs to outscore Fernandez by eight points to be crowned, a win for Remy and P3 for Raul will suffice. This will not be easy though with both riders taking victories at this circuit, they ended FP1 split by 0.014 seconds in P1 and P2, this weekend is going to be interesting!

Aron Canet was the third fastest rider clocking in a time of 1:43.798 only 0.001 seconds ahead of Celestino Vietti in fourth, the Italian rookie finding his feet in recent races and impressing many with a P4 last time out at Misano. Rounding out the top five was Hector Garzo.

Jake Dixon came home in a strong sixth, the British rider aiming to stay in the series for 2022, his results improving in the second half of the season back this up, he led an Italian trio consisting of Marco Bezzecchi, Stefano Manzi and Fabio Di Giannantonio in ninth place, the trio split by less than 0.100 seconds.

Albert Arenas rounded out the top 10 only 0.003 seconds ahead of Cameron Beaubier with Xavi Vierge in P12.

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