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Gardner/Fernandez tensions simmer forward of their MotoGP debut

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Gardner and Fernandez partnered one another at Aki Ajo’s KTM squad in Moto2 final 12 months, and fought one another all the way in which to the demise for the title.

Regardless of profitable eight races in his rookie 12 months to comparative Moto2 veteran Gardner’s 5, Fernandez missed out on the championship by 4 factors to his teammate.

In an interview with the Spanish version of Motorsport.com, 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 stated Fernandez’s claims were “bullshit” after they have been put to him throughout November’s post-season Jerez take a look at.

Nonetheless, these tensions have seemingly thawed since then, with Fernandez confirming his “relationship with Remy is unbelievable”, even when they are not buddies.

“It is just like the final season. We aren’t buddies, but when we have to go collectively for dinner we go,” the Spaniard stated 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 venture with KTM.

“I’m actually, actually pleased to stick with KTM for this 12 months.

“I’m actually centered on making an attempt to enhance the bike and I do not take into consideration the previous. I take into consideration myself and if I want something, I’ll attempt to enhance.”

Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

Raul Fernandez, KTM Tech3

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

KTM boss Pit Beirer felt the pair’s stress final 12 months was regular given what was at stake, but in addition confirmed each Gardner and Fernandez are on good phrases now.

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

“This we needed to study as a bunch already in lots of disciplines. In case you have champions that wish to win, they go far and on the finish they only tried to deliver additionally the staff on their aspect.

“However after all us a producer, and particularly on Aki Ajo’s aspect, we tried to simply 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 feel the most effective 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 after all when you have got a championship one man is tremendous pleased as a result of he is simply gained it and the opposite one misplaced it.

“He was not pleased 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 have been sat at one desk, and all staff managers.

“However after all, the boys once more can have the identical goal, they wish to be the higher one.”

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3

Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Maintaining 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 function solely formally started in January and the Italian has not spent a lot time with the staff, Beirer was clear that Guidotti’s key function shall be to “actually handle 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 function being primarily centered on the human aspect of the staff suggests KTM administration is conscious that its earlier methods weren’t tenable.

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“He [Guidotti] might want to actually handle the human energy of the staff and ensure we’re one on the race observe, and that we do not 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’d like 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 handle 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 lots of issues the place it’s essential to be the chief for the staff, but in addition a bump rubber and correlate between all of the companions concerned, and now we have two groups.

“However positively first precedence is pleased riders, and never by telling them ‘sure, sure, all the pieces is nice, no issues’.

“We wish to be tremendous sincere all the time and this technical dialogue won’t cease.”

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