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Raúl Fernández wants to rush to the last consequences his options to be champion Moto2 World Championship in 2021. The Spanish rider also set the best time in free practice for the Valencia Grand Prix, stopping the clock at 1: 35.802. Of course, after the session they have invalidated the time for stepping outside.
His big problem is that Remy Gardner does not seem to faint in Valencia. The world leader finished with the second best time, and relatively close to Fernández. The dynamic that we have seen in the dry session that took place in Valencia is that the teammates are once again one step ahead.
VR46 has announced the promotion of Bezzecchi to MotoGP with Ducati
Let us remember that Gardner arrives in Valencia with the World Cup practically sentenced. He is 23 points ahead of Raúl Fernández, which means that it would be enough for him to finish thirteenth to be Moto2 world champion, whatever his partner does. In other words, Fernández has to win and wait for a serious mistake from Gardner.
Behind the two dominators of the World Cup, he has finished Augusto Fernández in a good third position. The Marc VDS rider, who will race precisely at Ajo Motorsport next year, dominated the wet training sessions in the morning, and is the best positioned to take advantage of a possible conflict between Gardner and Fernández.
Another rookie who has had a great season is Celestino Vietti, who wants to culminate the premiere season in Moto2 with a podium. At the moment it has crept into the fourth position. Too bad the other great rookie of 2021, Ai Ogura, cannot race in Valencia after the heavy crash he suffered in the Algarve a few days ago.
By the way, the VR46 has definitively confirmed that Marco Bezzecchi, Vietti's partner, will be a MotoGP rider next season on a Ducati. Of course, there is still no official statement, but Pablo Nieto has already openly recognized it before the microphones of the media present in the Valencian circuit.
Bezzecchi did not celebrate with a too pompous result, as he finished seventh, just behind Stefano Manzi and another rider who will jump to a higher category, Xavi Vierge. The Spaniard from Petronas was fifth in his last free practice Friday before going with Honda to Superbikes.
The big surprise of the day was seeing Tetsuta Nagashima, who is only replacing Lorenzo Dalla Porta, qualified for provisional Q2 in the fourteenth position. Thomas Luthi, who will retire from the competition after this Grand Prix, begins his farewell from eighteenth place.