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Gardner – son of 1987 500cc world champion Wayne – stepped as much as MotoGP with Tech3 and KTM this season as reigning Moto2 champion.
However the Australian struggled all yr aboard the RC16, scoring a complete of simply 13 factors from 20 races and a greatest results of 11th.
Gardner was knowledgeable mid-season that he wouldn’t be retained by KTM for 2023, with the Australian telling media on the San Marino Grand Prix that he had been ousted having been instructed he’s “not being skilled sufficient”.
He’ll transfer to World Superbikes subsequent yr with GRT Yamaha, and mentioned after his last MotoGP race in Valencia that he’s glad to see the again of the KTM bike.
“I simply went out and did the race nearly as good as doable,” Gardner mentioned after Valencia.
“I believe the final three races, our first laps, have been fairly sick. The identical factor has simply been taking place, our rear tyre has been dropping.
“However Phillip Island was fairly superior, Sepang the primary few laps have been nice as properly.
“I had good enjoyable, I simply loved the race and simply loved the weekend with family and friends. I’m fairly relieved, I’m simply glad I don’t must get on that factor once more.”
Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3
Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
The souring of the KTM/Gardner relationship nonetheless isn’t absolutely clear as to the way it occurred, with it thought to have stemmed from criticism he and his supervisor Paco Sanchez made to the press in regards to the bike – with Gardner saying the dearth of professionalism remark got here from highway racing vp Jens Haibach.
Gardner says he was sat down by KTM’s motorsport boss Pit Beirer however there’s by no means been a correct clarification nonetheless.
“Pit sat me down however couldn’t actually inform me something. It was like ‘yeah, sorry, however that’s the best way it’s’,” he mentioned.
In an unique interview with Motorsport.com, Beirer says he does remorse what occurred with Gardner, taking goal at his supervisor Sanchez for not serving to the scenario.
“Sure, as a result of he’s a world champion in our household and we couldn’t make it work,” Beirer mentioned when requested by Motorsport.com if he regrets how the connection with Gardner ended.
“Why? This could be an extended dialogue, however I’m actually unhappy we couldn’t make it extra profitable.
“We had excessive motivation to try this and it didn’t work out properly from either side. After we needed to make a future plan, it was not useful that his administration instructed the press that KTM contracts are the very last thing he desires for his riders.
“You must encourage a board of administrators to provide you MotoGP finances after which they see within the press ‘it’s a horrible bike, it’s a horrible scenario and I don’t need my riders there’.
“Within the unsuitable second there was no environment, and you can not construct success on a unfavourable environment.
“We had the sensation that he didn’t consider in us and within the challenge, that we couldn’t repair it, and I believe from my aspect I felt additionally Remy gave up somewhat bit too early.
“I mentioned to him many instances ‘let’s combat for that one level’. However there was a lot unfavourable aura round that we mentioned ‘let’s push a reset button now for our challenge’, as a result of we modified so many issues at house in our manufacturing unit with engineers, with staff administration.
“However loads can be primarily based on optimistic power. So, it’s by no means good to separate up.
“I need to admit from our aspect we didn’t make it successful. We wished to do higher, and he wished to do higher. However the end result is unfavourable.”