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When it seemed that the nerves were taking a toll on Remy Gardner they have completely disappeared. The Australian pilot has given an exhibition in Portimao, pulling his temper to win the race from less to more, temporizing in the first laps and exhibiting a formidable pace in the next.
Raúl Fernández started pulling, but his choice of tires, softer, seems to have betrayed him. He is content with a second position that at least leaves the title open, although he needs to win in Valencia and Gardner finish fourteenth or worse. Sam Lowes has completed the podium.
Remy Gardner will be champion in Valencia if he finishes thirteenth or better
At the exit Raúl Fernández was able to maintain the first position ahead of Remy Gardner, while Marco Bezzecchi placed third. The big question was whether Arón Canet had skipped the start, because a somewhat strange movement had been seen before the traffic light went off. Fall of Somkiat Chantra.
Bezzecchi overtook Gardner to get into second place. Canet had not skipped the start, but the bad news also came for Jorge Martínez Aspar's team, because Albert Arenas suffered a very hard crash in the last corner. He left with a sore hand. Ai Ogura was also going to the ground.
Cameron Beaubier was also coming strong from behind, placing himself fourth and coming to stalk Gardner. But the first three positions seemed fairly established, with Fernández somewhat escaped and the unknown of his Gardner was going to be able to recover the second position to Bezzecchi. It was very important.
Fifteen laps from the end, Gardner was ahead of Bezzecchi and still dreamed of hunting down Fernández, who was less than a second and a half ahead. In addition, Bezzecchi gave himself a huge scare that almost left him on the ground. Gardner was hunting Raúl Fernández. The battle was served.
Crash for Xavi Vierge at high speed, although luckily he was fine. Gardner was already in the slipstream of Fernández, and eleven laps from the end it happened. Gardner's tougher tire looked like it was working. Bezzecchi was deflating, even losing the podium place to Sam Lowes.
Victory for Remy Gardner, who delivers an almost definitive blow to the Moto2 World Championship, but he will still have to suffer in Valencia. Second position for Raúl Fernández, who probably made a mistake with the choice of tire, and Sam Lowes closes the podium. Canet is satisfied with the fourth place.