Gardner will race for the Tech3 squad subsequent season on a factory-backed KTM having crushed teammate Raul Fernandez to this yr’s Moto2 crown – with the pair just lately exchanging barbs in the press over their title tussle.
The Australian – son of 1987 500cc world champion Wayne Gardner – ended the two-day Jerez check 1.8s off the tempo down in 22nd on the mixed timesheets.
The RC16 received twice in 2021, however all KTM riders endured a largely tough season.
The KTM can also be an unconventional motorbike on the MotoGP grid, being the one bike constructed round a metal trellis chassis and outfitted with WP suspension.
Requested by Motorsport.com how he discovered transferring to the metal body, having ridden a traditional aluminium chassis this season in Moto2, Gardner stated: “Yeah, truly not too unhealthy.
“Clearly, we’re off to a little bit of a gradual begin, however all of the rookies are on the GP bike.
“However truthfully that is extra simply attributable to we do not know what the ability’s like and controls and trip peak, blah, blah, blah.
“It is a totally different machine. Chassis smart, suspension smart, it is nonetheless a motorbike.
“So, it is not that unhealthy, truthfully. I felt fairly snug on it regardless that I used to be fairly stiff and never using too loopy.
“I believe the bike was doing what I wanted to. Clearly, it will get so much more durable when you begin attending to these quicker lap occasions, however the bike’s not unhealthy.
“It in all probability wants enchancment, however I anticipated worse if I am being trustworthy with you, so I am fairly pleased with the bike.”
Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3
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Gardner is understood to favour larger bikes, which is why he has discovered using the KTM already snug regardless of nursing a rib harm.
Nevertheless, he famous on the check he was feeling an excessive amount of digital interference on the bike and was struggling to slip the rear as he would really like.
“I come from grime observe as a child, so I used to be at all times used to sliding round and the bike being sideways and turning with the rear,” he added.
“Casey [Stoner] and my dad and all these guys got here from the grime observe we used to do in Australia, so undoubtedly that helps me, particularly on the large bikes.
“On the Moto2 bike, with the Triumph it was a bit bit extra massive bike fashion, however it was form of a mixture between Moto2 and Moto3 once we had the CBR engine [before 2019].
“However the Triumph was a bit extra massive bike fashion and the MotoGP is the final word. So, it is feeling good.
“In the intervening time I am feeling a bit bit an excessive amount of electronics on it, so it is reducing the ability a bit bit an excessive amount of for me.
“So, that is actually what we have been engaged on the previous couple of days so I can get a bit bit extra slide on the bike on preliminary throttle.”