Remy Gardner, the current championship leader in the Moto2 category, has signed a deal with KTM’s Tech3 Racing Team to move into the moto MotoGP class for 2022.
The move up to the premier class has been threatening for the young Australian for some time now, as he was able to start consistently taking pole positions and podiums from the 2019 season. In 2020 he even managed to take his first win in the intermediate category, and ever since he made the move to the KTM Ajo team, he has continued his impressive form, having taken podiums in 5 of the opening 6 rounds – his latest result being a win in Sunday’s Mugello race.
As the son of renowned 500cc champion Wayne Gardner, it was inevitable that Remy would find a love of all things motorsports, and after several years in the Moto2 class, I believe he has both the maturity and the skill set to emulate his father and be a strong competitor in the premier class.
This has been borne from the fact that Gardner has managed to find many of his incredible results, whilst working with subpar machinery. In the 2019 and 2020 seasons, he was in the SAG Racing One XOX team, which has never been famed for being overly competitive. In having to overcome and adapt to the limitations of such machinery, Gardner has honed his race craft in order to produce results from less to more. Following his promotion into an excelling team, the KTM Ajo squad, he has proved that the time on inferior machinery has only turned him into a stronger rider.
Understandably, Gardner is exceptionally exciting at the prospect of advancing his career:
I’m extremely happy that KTM have given me this opportunity. It’s a dream come true for me and what we have worked for up until this point. It’s an incredible chance for me and I cannot wait to ride the bike. I just want to thank KTM for believing in me. Right now we need to focus on finishing 2021 in a strong way. I want to thank also everyone who has supported me to reach MotoGP. We’re just getting started.Remy Gardner
The prospect of new talent joining premier class teams is always exciting, and after the joy of re-signing Brad Binder, KTM Motorsport Director Pit Beirer must be over the moon with the talent he is harvesting into the KTM fold:
It’s a real pleasure for us to bring Remy to MotoGP next season because we knew about his speed and ability for Moto2 and he has confirmed that potential. We believe there is much more to come from him and it’s important he has this opportunity to keep growing. Remy is a typical racer. He’s super-determined and never gives up. He’s exciting to watch and we’re looking forward to working with him in this next step. Again, we’re also showing that the KTM GP Academy can give the right opportunity for riders that want to go all the way.Pit Beirer
Also thrilled to get the opportunity to work with new talent, is KTM Tech3 Racing’s Team Principal, Hervè Poncharal. Poncharal has made his displeasure with his current talent base rather vociferously known, with his riders, Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona consistently struggling to take points in all races. Whilst the riders may be having a slight resurgence of form at the moment – with Petrucci taking a top 5 finish in the tricky mixed conditions of Le Mans and Lecuona managing a close-fought battle for 11th in the Mugello GP – it would seem that their efforts are too little, too late:
We are very proud, happy and confident to welcome Remy. We believe he will be a strong asset to the KTM MotoGP line up and I think having taken this decision is now going to help Remy to focus 100% on his Moto2 World Championship and will also help us, the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing Team to focus on our 2021 season. So, welcome back, Remy, keep on pushing and come to join us for your MotoGP adventure in 2022!Hervè Poncharal
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