Gardner's MotoGP debut has been "a giant slap within the face" - Motor Informed

Gardner’s MotoGP debut has been “a giant slap within the face”

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The Australian – son of 1987 500cc world champion Wayne Gardner – beat Ajo KTM teammate Raul Fernandez to an enthralling Moto2 crown final 12 months and earned a promotion as much as the premier class with the Austrian producer.

Positioned at Tech3 on factory-backed equipment alongside Fernandez, each riders have struggled for type in the beginning of 2022.

After 4 races, solely Gardner has scored some extent of the 2 of them, whereas solely Fernandez has managed to qualify inside the highest 20 to this point.

Gardner’s pre-season was hindered by a damaged wrist in coaching, which has additionally affected him within the early races.

However talking after driving to 20th, 42.442s off the win, on the Americas GP, Gardner admits he anticipated extra from his 12 months to this point.

“I anticipated somewhat higher if I am trustworthy with you, seeing what different guys have achieved previously and I believe how we completed the Moto2 12 months so dominant,” he mentioned.

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3, Raúl Fernández, KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3, Raúl Fernández, KTM Tech3

Picture by: KTM Photographs

“So, if I am trustworthy with you I anticipated extra.

“It has been a very powerful first few races, hopefully getting again to Europe can carry a little bit of stability. It was a giant slap within the face, that is for certain.”

All KTM riders struggled throughout the COTA weekend, as the weird structure of the observe was at odds with the RC16.

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Solely Brad Binder out of the 4 KTMs managed to attain factors in 12th, with Gardner hopeful the Austrian marque – which gained in Indonesia with Miguel Oliveira and was second in Qatar with Binder – has been capable of be taught from what went incorrect at COTA.

“For KTM, I am hoping they will take one thing away from right here on the way to enhance the bundle that we’ve,” he added.

“They have 4 riders giving their finest and acquired two superb riders on the manufacturing unit staff and one among them not within the factors, and we’re clearly ending on the finish of the pack, giving our 200% each nook.

“Hopefully they have good information from that and so they can try to consider a strategy to transfer ahead.

“For certain it is not the best observe for KTM, we have seen previously.”



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