MotoGP Jerez: Remy Gardner: I should have ripped off the other wing too! | MotoGP

The MotoGP rookie, who qualified 18th, lost one of his wings during contact with Alex Marquez.

It may not have seemed like a great loss, but as a sign of MotoGP’s aerodynamic sophistication, Australia’s Tech3 KTM has become almost “impassable”.

Not only did the RC16 roll more due to the loss of downforce, but it also pulled to one side and started shaking along the straights.

“In the second corner, I lost my left front wing. And the thing is impassable like that! Gardner said.

“It was spinning all over the place but not like a straight wheelie, it would also lean the bike and really pull to the right.

“I was trying, I was pushing, but it was hard. Especially with lefties.

“I couldn’t even get gas on the straight because he was just shaking his head and wobbling!”

The Aussie added: “I was surprised at the amount of downforce these things create and the drag you get on just one side.

“It wasn’t fun. Honestly, it was probably better to snatch the other one, throw it away and move on!

Nevertheless, Gardner didn’t consider giving up and continued with a missing wing to take the checkered flag in 20th place.

“I never give up. You might as well stay out there and try to learn something…Today I guess we learned that wings are pretty good!” he joked.

“Even my team leader said he thought I would probably quit. But we finished and that’s another race under my belt. You have to finish.

“I knew we were going to struggle a bit here anyway, but unfortunately this incident cost us a better race today.”

Reigning Moto2 champion Gardner, who claimed his best MotoGP finish to date with a 14th-place finish at Portimao a week earlier, will be back on track tomorrow for a day of official testing.

“We have a few things and different parameters to work on to give Remy what he deserves, which is a more efficient package,” said team boss Herve Poncharal. “We hope he can get closer to the other guys from the next round at Le Mans, the team’s home Grand Prix.”

Raul Fernandez excluded from Monday’s test

Meanwhile, Gardner’s team-mate Raul Fernandez missed his second consecutive race, due to Portimao’s hand injury, and will also be absent from Monday’s test.

“I’m really sad to have Raul Fernandez in the box and not on his bike for the second Grand Prix in a row,” said Poncharal.

“He was great, stayed positive all weekend, attended media activities, briefings, spent time with his team and all sessions on the road to safety trying to learn from his rivals.

“He won’t be testing tomorrow because he’s still not fit, but I’m sure he’ll be back with us at Le Mans.”

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