The Australian – son of 1987 500cc world champion Wayne Gardner – beat Ajo KTM team-mate Raul Fernandez to an enthralling Moto2 crown last year 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 firstly of 2022.
After 4 races, solely Gardner has scored a degree of the 2 of them, whereas solely Fernandez has managed to qualify inside the highest 20 to date.
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 yr to date.
“I anticipated slightly higher if I’m trustworthy with you, seeing what different guys have completed up to now and I feel how we completed the Moto2 yr so dominant,” he stated.
“So, if I’m trustworthy with you I anticipated extra.
“It’s been a extremely robust first few races, hopefully getting again to Europe can convey a little bit of stability. It was an enormous slap within the face, that’s for certain.”
All KTM riders struggled throughout the COTA weekend, as the weird structure of the monitor was at odds with the RC16.
Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3, Raúl Fernández, KTM Tech3
Picture by: KTM Pictures
Solely Brad Binder out of the 4 KTMs managed to attain factors in 12th, with Gardner hopeful the Austrian marque – which received in Indonesia with Miguel Oliveira and was second in Qatar with Binder – has been in a position to study from what went improper at COTA.
“For KTM, I’m hoping they’ll take one thing away from right here on find out how to enhance the bundle that now we have,” he added.
“They’ve bought 4 riders giving their finest and bought two wonderful riders on the manufacturing unit workforce and one in every of them not within the factors, and we’re clearly ending on the finish of the pack, giving our 200% each nook.
“Hopefully they’ve bought good knowledge from that and so they can try to consider a solution to transfer ahead.
“For certain it’s not the simplest monitor for KTM, we’ve seen up to now.”