Grand prix

Raul Fernandez fastest by 0.002s, Gardner third but crashes

Britain’s Lowes splits the Red Bull KTM Ajo title-chasing duo on Friday in Portimao as late drama unfolds for Gardner

Raul Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) finished top of the pile on Day 1 at the Grande Prémio Brembo do Algarve – but only just. Sam Lowes (Elf Marc VDS Racing Team) is just 0.002s away from the Spaniard’s 1:43.246, World Championship leader Remy Gardner (Red Bull KTM Ajo) is third quickest, but the Australian suffered some late drama at the final corner when he crashed with Marcos Ramirez (American Racing) – riders ok.

Day 1 goes to Raul Fernandez, a late dent in Gardner’s Friday efforts

It’s all about the Red Bull KTM Ajo duo in terms of the Championship, with Gardner holding his first match point this weekend. The duo – as ever – looked strong, finishing 1-2 in FP1, with Lowes able to split the pair in FP2.