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Gardner/Fernandez tensions simmer forward of their MotoGP debut

Each Gardner and Fernandez partnered one another at Aki Ajo’s KTM squad in Moto2 final yr, and fought one another all the best way to the loss of life for the title.

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Regardless of successful eight races in his rookie yr to comparative Moto2 veteran Gardner’s 5, Fernandez missed out on the championship by 4 factors to his team-mate.

In an interview with Autosport’s Spanish language sister web site Motorsport.es, Fernandez unleashed a tirade in opposition to Ajo and Gardner – claiming the staff helped the Australian extra, and that Fernandez was the “moral champion”.

Gardner said Fernandez’s claims were “bullshit” once they had been put to him throughout November’s post-season Jerez take a look at.

Nevertheless, these tensions have seemingly thawed since then, with Fernandez confirming his “relationship with Remy is unimaginable”, even when they’re not buddies.

“It’s just like the final season. We’re not buddies, but when we have to go collectively for dinner we go,” the Spaniard mentioned forward of this week’s Sepang shakedown take a look at.

“Anyway, the previous is the previous and now I’m actually focussed on this superb mission with KTM.

“I’m actually, actually glad to stick with KTM for this yr.

“I’m actually centered on making an attempt to enhance the bike and I don’t take into consideration the previous. I take into consideration myself and if I would like something, I’ll attempt to enhance.”

Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

KTM boss Pit Beirer felt the pair’s rigidity final yr was regular given what was at stake, but additionally confirmed each Gardner and Fernandez are on good phrases now.

“Yeah, I imply when you could have two unbelievable riders going for a similar goal, there may be some friction,” Beirer conceded throughout KTM’s launch occasion final week.

“This we needed to be taught as a gaggle already in lots of disciplines. In case you have champions that wish to win, they go far and on the finish they simply tried to carry additionally the staff on their aspect.

“However in fact us a producer, and particularly on Aki Ajo’s aspect, we tried to only assist all of those boys.

“They’re like our kids and on the finish, on the race observe, they should battle it out.

“So, I believe the perfect factor to do in that second was to not remark and let it relax as a result of the boys put a lot stress on themselves, and if in fact when you could have a championship one man is tremendous glad as a result of he’s simply received it and the opposite one misplaced it.

“He was not glad in that second, that is clear. However I can affirm that is all good as a result of we had this week in Austria and all 4 riders had been sat at one desk, and all staff managers.

“However in fact, the boys once more could have the identical goal, they wish to be the higher one.”

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Retaining each riders on good phrases would be the job of recent staff supervisor Francesco Guidotti, who has been introduced in from Pramac by KTM for 2022.

Although his position solely formally started in January and the Italian has not spent a lot time with the staff, Beirer was clear that Guidotti’s key position will likely be to “actually maintain the human energy of the staff”.

Prior to now years KTM’s dealing with of a few of its riders has been questionable, with the likes of Iker Lecuona rushed into MotoGP earlier than he was prepared and dumped after simply 30 races, whereas Fernandez had no want to race for the marque of Tech3 in 2022 earlier than signing his two-year deal.

Placing a lot emphasis on Guidotti’s position being primarily centered on the human aspect of the staff suggests KTM administration is conscious that its earlier methods weren’t tenable.

“He [Guidotti] might want to actually maintain the human energy of the staff and ensure we’re one on the race observe, and that we don’t get caught with the highest administration of the staff in a technical dialogue with the staff on a Friday and a Saturday,” Beirer added.

“We want the staff supervisor to be there with the riders. We’re additionally going to have Dani [Pedrosa] very often with us on the races.

“We actually wish to maintain the riders and their wants, and handle them.

“In fact, I anticipate the identical from Francesco as what different staff managers are doing within the MotoGP paddock, as a result of there are a variety of issues the place you must be the chief for the staff, but additionally a bump rubber and correlate between all of the companions concerned, and now we have two groups.

“However undoubtedly first precedence is glad riders, and never by telling them ‘sure, sure, every thing is nice, no issues’.

“We wish to be tremendous trustworthy at all times and this technical dialogue won’t cease.”

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