Gardner takes over Yamaha Superbike after KTM MotoGP dejection
KTM MotoGP pariah Remy Gardner will move to the World Superbike paddock in 2023, with a move to satellite Yamaha GRT team.
Gardner, son of 1987 500cc champion Wayne, won the Moto2 title for KTM last year but was dropped by the Austrian manufacturer – in rather acrimonious circumstances – after just one season.
The 24-year-old Australian claimed he received indications he would be retained before being told he was out for being “unprofessional”, while KTM motorsport boss Pit Beirer, disputed his version of events.
Gardner scored nine points on a Tech3 satellite bike in what has been a tough but not entirely unsuccessful rookie MotoGP season, although his form has declined significantly since it became clear KTM considered him surplus to requirements. .
He is set to be replaced by Moto2 favorite Augusto Fernandez at Tech3 as he becomes Team Gas Gas, and while on the RNF Aprilia shortlist he was behind fellow KTM riders Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez – who have already signed with Aprilia to represent its new satellite team.
I’m sure everyone has seen the news, but my immediate goal is to end the season strong with @Tech3Racing but I’m glad to have my future sorted.
— Remy Gardner #87 (@GardnerRemy) September 15, 2022
At GRT Yamaha, Gardner will replace Garrett Gerloff, replacing Valentino Rossi, who has scored five WSBK podiums since joining the team in 2020.
“Remy is an exciting young talent, with an impressive career in the Grands Prix paddock,” said Yamaha Motor Europe Race Director Andrea Dosoli.
“We are obviously delighted to have a rider on board who has not only shown great progress, but who has experience at the highest level of motorcycle racing.
“We think he’s the perfect candidate for Yamaha’s WorldSBK program and we can’t wait to see what he can do on one of our R1 WorldSBK machines.
“We would also like to thank Garrett Gerloff for his commitment to Yamaha over the past three seasons and we wish him the best for the future.”
The Yamaha R1 is a competitive proposition in World Superbike, having propelled works rider Toprak Razgatlioglu to the title last year.
Razgatlioglu is currently second in the 2022 standings, 30 points behind Ducati championship leader Alvaro Bautista.
Gardner is the second Tech3 KTM outcast to find refuge in World Superbike in two years, with his predecessor Iker Lecuona currently spearheading Honda’s WSBK efforts.
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