“I’m so happy ***.”
It’s not hard to determine how Aussie Remy Gardner felt after his first win in his GP career overnight.
Gardner did have to fight for the victory, sitting in third place at the halfway point, but he went to another level in the second half of the race and took the overall win by 1,609 seconds.
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“I honestly have no words,” he added.
“My first win, a little emotional, you know on the cool down. We have been strong here all weekend and I thought I could win and I came into thinking with this psychology, we can try and win it.
We have worked so hard as a team. All the weak points we straightened over the weekend and even in the race I still adapt to my style and learning of Luca. In the last couple laps, I saw that I had the pace and I stayed behind Luca and by the last two laps I passed him, I pulled the pin and pulled out a gap and I’m just lost for words honestly.
Injury has hammered Gardner’s campaign, missing 14 races in the process, but he’s still good enough to finish the Moto2 Championship in sixth position.
Meanwhile, Aussie Jack Miller finished second again, but did not have a small chance to stop Miguel Oliveira at the MotoGP race in Portugal.
“Miguel was on another level today to be honest,” Miller said.
“I tried to lead the race in the beginning, and I thought especially in the first laps he was off so fast from us. We (Franco) were running a really good pace … and he was still gaping us. I just Have the maximum I can do today.
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“It was harder to drive harder than I really expected. To be honest, I wanted to make a little earlier on Frankie ‘. I promised him almost a few times and got a little too close and I had to run wide. It was like playing a game of yoyo. I managed to make it stick on the last lap and really happy. ”
Miller’s second place in the Algarve ensured that Ducati signed the title of the constructors.
Oliveira followed up his girl victory in Styria in August by taking the title under bright blue skies in Portimao in what was his first race in the Premier Class in his home country.
“It’s unreal,” Oliveira said afterwards.
“You dream about these kinds of races and to finally be able to do this is incredible. I have no words to describe this, just my thanks to all the people and the mass watching at home that could not be here today. To them I Say thank you and my team as well.
Miller’s strong finish ensured Ducati claimed the builders’ title for the first time since 2007 at the expense of Suzuki, whose hopes disappeared after a disappointing weekend for me.
We started the race in 20 and had to retire because of electronic problems but the Spaniard will not worry too much, having already become the first Suzuki rider to be crowned champion since 2000.
Rins took third place overall and Vinales fourth, meaning Spain boasted three of the championship’s top four. The French quarterback, who won the first two races of the season, was eighth.
1. Miguel Oliveira (POR / KTM-Tech3) 41 min 48,163 sec
2. Jack Miller (AUS / Ducati-Pramac) in 3.193 sec
3. Franco Morbidelli (ITA / Yamaha / SRT) 3.298
4. Paul Espargaro (ESP / KTM) 12,626
5. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN / Honda-LCR) 13.318
Andrea Dovizioso (ITA / Ducati) 15,578
7. Stefan Bradl (GER / Honda) 15.738
8. Aleix Espargaro (ESP / Aprilia) 16,034
9. Alex Marquez (ESP / Honda) 18,325
10. Johann Zarco (FRA / Ducati) 18,596
Standings after 14 of 14 races
1. Joan Mir (ESP / Suzuki) 171 points – champion
2. Franco Morbidelli (ITA / Yamaha-SRT) 158
Alex Rins (ESP / Suzuki) 139
Andrea Dovizioso (ITA / Ducati) 135
5. Paul Espargaro (ESP / KTM) 135
6. Maverick Vinales (ESP / Yamaha) 132
7. Jack Miller (AUS / Ducati-Pramac) 132
Fabio Quarteraro (FRA / Yamha-SRT) 127
9. Miguel Oliveira (POR / KTM-Tech3) 125
10. Takaaki Nakagami (JPN / Honda-LCR) 116
1. Remy Gardner (AUS / Kalex) 39 min 35.476 sec
2. Luca Marini (ITA / Kalex) at 1,609
3. Sam Lows (GBR / Kalex) 3.813
4. Marco Bezzecchi (ITA / Kalex) 8,437
5. Enea Bastianini (ITA / Kalex) 8,646
Standings after 15 of 15 races
1. Enea Bastianini (ITA / Kalex) 205 pts
Luca Marini (ITA / Calex) 196
3. Sam Lowes (GBR / Kalex) 196
4. Marco Bezzeki (ITA / Calex) 184
5. Jorge Martin (ESP / Kalex) 160