Remy Gardner is crowned the 2021 Moto2 world champion as team-mate and title rival Raul Fernandez wins the Valencia season finale.

Gardner began the race with a 23-point lead over Fernandez, meaning Fernandez had to win and Gardner finish 14th or lower for the Spanish rookie to dramatically snatch the title.

Tension was ramped up when the initial start was red-flagged to clean up oil following an accident involving Bezzecchi, Vierge and Baldassarri on the exit of Turn 2.

The restart was held over a much shorter 16 laps, using the original grid positions. But there was heartbreak for surprise MV Agusta pole starter Simone Corsi, who pulled into the pits at the end of the warm-up lap, while Bezzecchi was forced to start from the back of the grid after some frantic repairs.

Fernandez battled namesake Augusto, di Giannantonio and Canet for the lead after the restart, with Gardner settling into ninth. As Raul battled for victory, Gardner momentarily dropping to a low of twelfth, putting him in the danger zone if Fernandez could pass di Giannantonio and win the race.

But the Australian held his nerve to climb back into the top ten, thus negating a later pass by Fernandez for race victory, to join father Wayne on the list of grand prix world champions by just four points.

Both Gardner and Fernandez will start a new chapter in their racing careers, in MotoGP with Tech3 KTM, at next week's Jerez test...

Valencia Moto2 Grand Prix, Ricardo Tormo - Race Results
PosRiderNatTeamBikeTime
1Raul FernandezSPARed Bull KTM Ajo(Kalex)25m 38.612s
2Fabio Di GiannantonioITAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2(Kalex)25m 39.129s
3Augusto FernandezSPAElf Marc VDS Racing Team(Kalex)25m 39.398s
4Celestino ViettiITASKY Racing Team VR46(Kalex)25m 41.005s
5Aron CanetSPAInde Aspar Team(Boscoscuro)25m 43.590s
6Xavi ViergeSPAPetronas Sprinta Racing(Kalex)25m 43.703s
7Sam LowesGBRElf Marc VDS Racing Team(Kalex)25m 44.027s
8Jorge NavarroSPATermozeta Speed Up(Boscoscuro)25m 44.420s
9Marcel SchrotterGERLiqui Moly Intact GP(Kalex)25m 46.553s
10Remy GardnerAUSRed Bull KTM Ajo(Kalex)25m 47.724s
11Tetsuta NagashimaJPNItaltrans Racing Team(Kalex)25m 48.032s
12Thomas LuthiSWIPertamina Mandalika SAG Team(Kalex)25m 48.967s
13Stefano ManziITAFlexbox HP40(Kalex)25m 50.510s
14Marcos RamirezSPAAmerican Racing(Kalex)25m 50.700s
15Hafizh SyahrinMALNTS RW Racing GP(NTS)25m 50.973s
16Jake DixonGBRPetronas Sprinta Racing(Kalex)25m 52.594s
17Fermín AldeguerSPATermozeta Speed Up(Boscoscuro)25m 52.634s
18Barry BaltusBELNTS RW Racing GP(NTS)25m 52.757s
19Somkiat ChantraTHAIDEMITSU Honda Team Asia(Kalex)25m 55.723s
20Marco BezzecchiITASKY Racing Team VR46(Kalex)25m 57.885s
21Cameron BeaubierUSAAmerican Racing(Kalex)25m 58.038s
22Albert ArenasSPAInde Aspar Team(Boscoscuro)25m 58.220s
23Tony ArbolinoITALiqui Moly Intact GP(Kalex)25m 58.598s
24Nicolò BulegaITAFederal Oil Gresini Moto2(Kalex)26m 2.417s
25Bo BendsneyderNEDPertamina Mandalika SAG Team(Kalex)26m 10.171s
 Hector GarzoSPAFlexbox HP40(Kalex)DNF 
 Dimas Ekky PratamaINAPertamina Mandalika SAG Team(Kalex)DNF 
 Simone CorsiITAMV Agusta Forward Racing(MV Agusta)DNF 
 Lorenzo BaldassarriITAMV Agusta Forward Racing(MV Agusta)DNF