Remy Gardner returned to the World Championship paddock for the Catalan GP at the Catalunya Circuit making his Moto2 debut as a replacement rider in the Tasca Racing Scuderia squad, finishing an impressive 15th at the end of 23 closely fought laps.
Drafted in to replace Alessandro Tonucci a few days before the event Gardner went into Free Practice with no set-up, on a motorcycle he hadn't ridden and didn't disgrace himself lapping faster with each lap completed.
Free Practice 2 was cancelled after an incident that claimed the life of fellow Moto2 competitor Luis Salom who sadly passed away after falling at Turn 12. Remy and Wayne sent their condolences to Luis's family, friends and team, and dedicate his point to the memory of #mexicano39.
After the decision was made late on Friday for the Catalan GP to continue, albeit with a revised track layout, Remy and the team set to work on further tweaks that would allow the Moto2 rookie to close the gap to the leading riders.
Step by step, lap by lap they improved, qualifying 24th in the sole grid deciding session. A further improvement in Sunday's warm-up session once again transformed Remy's Kalex machine giving him added confidence for a much stronger race.