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Solid result for Remy Gardner in debut Moto3 GP

Remy Gardner’s debut Moto 3 GP at Misano, Italy was as challenging as expected, but the sixteen year old rider walked away from the weekend with a solid finish in twenty-seventh, and a wealth of experience.

Qualifying in thirty-third was further back down the grid than he’d hoped to start from, but a lack of bike and track knowledge, coupled with rain and equipment failure in the free practice sessions put him on the back foot to start.

Remy was invited at the last minute to replace the injured Moto 3 rider Luca Grunwald at the San Marino GP in Italy this weekend. It was a snap decision, and a real gift after Remy’s horrific crash last weekend at Navarra in the FIM CEV Repsol. “I’m so appreciative that Kiefer Racing offered me this incredible opportunity to ride at my first GP. It’s been a dream come true for me, and even though things weren’t perfect, I know how lucky I am to have been given this chance to get more experience on another level,” said Remy.

All eyes were on former 500cc World Champion Wayne Gardner’s son in his debut World Championship event, and considering the challenges he faced, with no testing, a completely new bike and chassis, and a circuit he’d never been to, he produced an admirable and considered result today.

A philosophical Remy said “it was a difficult start to the weekend with rain in the first practice session and a broken engine in the second practice session. I basically went into qualifying and the race completely unprepared, but that in itself is good experience. We made a dramatic set up change to the bike for the race, to try and get it a bit closer to the KTM I’m used to, and even though we made a small improvement there was more that was needed to get it right. After I crashed in the rain on Friday I was hesitant to push too much, but as the race progressed I felt more comfortable with the set-up changes we’d made and started to push the front and slide the rear more, and my lap times were improving toward the end of the race. It’s all about time and confidence. The team were great to work with but we all needed more time together to get it right. Anyone who understands racing will know what I mean. The circuit was difficult for me to learn because it was hard to get my reference points right when the bike wasn’t doing what I wanted, but I think if I had more time and my bike set up better I’d really like it.”

Remy’s impression of his first GP? “I’m so happy my good mate Dakota Mamola was with me all weekend. He kept me calm and grounded, and was my chauffer, psychologist, nutritionist, and room-mate [thanks Dako], and although there was a bit of media attention I didn’t feel too much pressure. It was great being a rider in the paddock instead of a spectator, and today we had lunch and dinner with Chad Reid, which was a great way to end a pretty incredible weekend!!!”

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The Gardner name and the NZI brand will return to Grand Prix

The Gardner name will return to Grand Prix racing this weekend at Misano, with Remy Gardner, son of 1987 500cc World Champion Wayne, receiving a call up to ride for the Kiefer Racing team in the Moto3™ category.

Gardner will replace the injured Luca Grunwald in what is the perfect warm up to his recently announced Moto3™ wildcard for the 2014 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island on 17-19 October.

“I wasn’t expecting to be on a GP bike this weekend to be honest, but it’s the perfect way to prepare for Phillip Island in October,” Remy said.

“It’s always unfortunate when someone is injured and can’t compete, but I’m going to grab the opportunity with both hands and make the most of it. I’m hoping to learn as much as I can this weekend and it will be great experience for me.  I’m not going to put any pressure on myself.  As long as I know I’ve done my best I’ll be satisfied. ”

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The news comes following the announcement of all official wildcards for the 2014 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, which includes four Australians across Moto2™ and Moto3™.

Joining Gardner with a Moto3™ wildcard will be South Australian rider Olly Simpson, while in Moto2™ Queenslander Aiden Wagner and Newcastle native Max Crocker have been awarded the opportunity.

For 16 year-old Gardner, the event will carry extra significance as it sees the family come full circle, after Wayne won the 1989 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island 25 years ago.

“It will be awesome racing in Australia. I haven’t actually ridden a Moto3™ bike around the Phillip Island Circuit yet, so it will be a challenge,” Remy said.

“I’m counting on taking the CEV (Campeonato Espagnol de Velocidad) experience I’ve built up and putting it to good use at Phillip Island. Hopefully, it will be another step towards racing in the GPs full-time next year, but I’m under no illusions that I’ve got to step up a lot of things to make that happen, from my fitness, to the mental side, as well as my riding.”

For father Wayne it will be a unique experience watching his son compete at Phillip Island, but he is confident that Remy is ready for the challenge.

“It’s hard to believe that 25 years on I’ll be returning to Phillip Island with my own son racing. It will be a proud moment for him and the rest of my family,” Wayne said.

“I think he’ll go well at Phillip Island, and I’ve got a few tips I can give him without overloading his brain.”

According to Australian Grand Prix Corporation CEO, Andrew Westacott, the wildcards represent a strong future for Australians on the motorcycle world stage.

“To have four young Aussie riders awarded wildcards for the 2014 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix shows just how strong motorcycle talent is in this country. There could be seven Australians in total on the grid at Phillip Island this October across three categories, a phenomenal achievement,” Westacott said.

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2014 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix wildcards:

Remy Gardner
Moto3™
Sydney, Australia
Date of Birth: 24 February 1998
Team: Team Laglisse Calvo
Bike: KTM

Olly Simpson
Moto3™
Adelaide, Australia
Date of Birth: 10 January 1998
Team: Olly Simpson Racing
Bike: KTM

Aiden Wagner
Moto2™
Brisbane, Australia
Date of Birth: 14 June 1994
Team: Marc VDS
Bike: Kalex

Max Croker
Moto2™
Newcastle, Australia
Date of Birth: 13 May 1998
Team: Max Crocker Racing
Bike: FTR

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Remy Gardner has a lucky escape at Navarra

After qualifying on the second row for round six of the CEV Repsol at Navarra, Remy Gardner had high hopes of repeating his previous podium finish.

He got a good start from sixth, and quickly moved up with the leaders before a horrific high side crash on lap three finished his campaign. After loosing second place, he was sitting in third and getting ready to start fighting his way back, when he hit the gas a little too early into the corner and was catapulted off the bike. He was temporarily knocked out after hitting the ground, landing in the path of Gabriele Rodrigo, who had no time to swerve and ran over the top of Remy.

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“Luckily I was knocked out for a few seconds and don’t remember being run over,” said a devastated Remy. “I just gassed it too early, and hit some dirt or something on the track and lost it. There were fourty or so riders coming right at me when I came to, and crawled off the track before getting hit again,” he added.

The race was red flagged and reduced to nine laps. Remy, who didn’t feel he had any real injuries was desperate to get back on the track for the re-start. “I wanted that podium, and knew I could do it. I was completely prepared to get back to the grid for the re-start, but unfortunately the bike was damaged too much for the team to fix in the short time, and so I missed my chance. I want to say a huge thank you to NZI Helmets and Alpinestars because without their incredible protection today I’m sure I would have had big problems. Also, my trainer Edu who was with me all the way this weekend, and Randy and Dakota Mamola, who were both there for me when I needed to be reminded of how lucky I was.” said Remy.

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After a complete check up at the local hospital Remy received the all clear, incredibly with just a sprained ankle and some bruises. “I’m really happy to have walked away from today pretty much unscathed, said Remy. I need twenty-four hours rest, and I’ll be back on my dirt bike training for the next race”.

A huge congratulations to Remy’s team mate, Nicolo Bulega, who finished third today, and Jorge Navarro in second, with Fabio Quartararo in first place.

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Challenging racing for Luca Gardner at Motorland

Round four of the Copa España de Velocidad at Motorland provided an interesting four days for Luca Gardner on his Pre-GP Moto3 Moriwaki. A DNF in the race on Sunday was a frustrating finish to a challenging weekend.

Luca was also experiencing issues with chatter in some corners, and, in the absence of his father sought the advice of another former 500cc World Championship rider, Christian Sarron. “I asked Christian if he could help with my set up because we hadn’t been able to fix the chatter before qualifying. He’d seen me in the warm up and knew exactly what to do. It was much better in the race, and even though I was sliding a bit, it feels better for me than the chatter. I really appreciate Christian helping me out,” said a grateful Luca.

Round five of the Copa España de Velocidad will be at Estoril Portugal in September, after the summer break.

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Long awaited Podium for Remy Gardner in the FIM CEV Buckler

Remy Gardner stepped on the podium for the first time this season, in round five of the CEV Buckler at Albacete Circuit. He fought hard for every single one of today’s nineteen laps to take third, in a nail biting finish to the end.

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“I wanted that podium so much today,” said an elated Remy. “I wanted it for my fantastic team [Calvo], my family, and all the people who have helped me so much over the past few months. My fitness trainer Edu was here all weekend, and Randy and Dakota Mamola have been really supportive and helpful to get my head to a more organised place. I know I couldn’t have achieved this result today without the support of all these people and I can’t thank them enough,” a grateful Remy added.

After qualifying on the second row in sixth place, Remy was well aware of the incredibly competitive field in front and behind him on the grid, and wanted to get a good start and pull away with the lead riders. He got caught up in a group of around eight riders in the first corner, and so he had a task ahead. Taking his time and focussing his energy, Remy finally worked his way toward the front of this group, which included two of his teammates, Nicolo Bulega and Marcos Ramirez. Remy then started battling hard for fourth place, then finally third place.

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“I didn’t have the power of some of the other bikes I was fighting with, so it was really hard work to keep that third place for the last five or six laps. I kept loosing it on the straights and then had to fight hard to get back in front. On the last lap Manzi and Migno passed me down the straight putting me in fifth, and I knew I was going to have a fight on my hands for the podium. I firstly passed Manzi on the fourth corner under extreme breaking, and tried to pass Migno before the back straight to slipstream him, but I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t going to give up though, because there were still some corners left. On the last corner Migno went a little wide on the entry, and so I shoved it up the inside to make it over the line just in front of both Manzi and Migno. It was really emotional for me after all the help I’ve been getting from everyone around me lately, and I was so happy to finally stand on the CEV podium,” Remy said.

The list of top fifteen riders today demonstrates the truly international flavour of the CEV Buckler, with competitors from Spain, France, Australia, Italy, Great Britain, Japan, Belgium and Malaysia.

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Congratulations to the two other riders on the podium today, Jorge Navarro in first, and Fabio Quartararo.

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Progressive weekend at Albacete Circuit for Luca Gardner

Luca Gardner completed a satisfying weekend of racing in Round three of the Copa España de Velocidad today, working hard on his race craft to improve his qualifying position by eleven places to finish in twenty-second place.

A field of thirty-seven young pre-GP Moto 3 riders lined up on the grid at Albacete Circuit, after facing scorching temperatures over three days. Free practice on Friday provided Luca the time needed to get to know the circuit, and he consistently lowered his lap times throughout the day. His aim was to continue this improvement on Saturday during two qualifying sessions, however at the beginning of qualifying two the piston seized and his opportunity to better the thirty-third grid position was lost.

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“I was happy this happened in qualifying and not on race day,” said Luca. “But, my goal was to take at least a second off my previous best time and qualify closer to the middle of the field, and get more time to learn the circuit better. I knew I would have to work hard to get where I wanted to be in the race, and even though I didn’t get a very exciting start, I was able to finish ok,” he added.

For the last half of the twelve lap race Luca battled to maintain his final position, loosing the place a number of times and fighting back to finally pull away on the last lap.

Luca worked with his brother Remy throughout the three days to improve his riding position, and set down some consistent times. He achieved both of these objectives and it’s given him confidence to move forward. “I know it’s going to take time for me to get up to pace with the top riders in this championship, but after the weekend I have more confidence that I can do it. Remy and my team Briefing Competićio helped a lot. I have a problem with my left foot from nerve damage when I was a baby and it’s much smaller and weaker than my other foot. I have trouble changing gears and this makes my knee stick out in the corner, but by trying to fix my position in other areas on the bike hopefully this won’t be such a big problem,” said Luca.

Congratulations to the top three riders who achieved podium today, Vincent Perez Selfa in first, Bartolome Sanchez Perez in second and Hector Garzo Vicent in third.

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New helmets collection FLASH GORDON by NZI

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Exhilarating racing at Catalunya for Remy Gardner

A huge field of fifty Moto 3 riders battled for fourty six places on the grid in round five of the CEV Repsol this weekend. After combining two qualifying sessions of two separate groups, Remy Gardner secured eleventh position on the starting grid for today’s two races at Catalunya Circuit.

Finishing a credible tenth place after an intense battle in race one and fourteenth in race two, Remy secured an additional eight points in the Championship tally.

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Race one started well for Remy, and although he aimed to stick with the first four he was unable to pull away from a large group of eleven highly competitive riders. It became clear after the first half of the race this group would all be fighting hard to secure fifth place, and Remy did well to lead the group for many of the sixteen laps. But, every one of those riders wanted the points and there was constant overtaking and re-taking throughout the pack. On the second last lap Remy was pushed wide and had to fight hard to comeback from thirteenth, to finally finish in tenth.

Remy didn’t get a great start into the first corner of race two, and held his start position for some time. He unfortunately lost momentum during the race, and after finally pulling away from the third leading group of the field he was able to finish race two in fourteenth position.

“This was really demanding racing today,” said Remy. “In both races we had competitive riders scattered all over the field. It was great experience for me battling so hard in the first race, and although I was very disappointed to have finished in tenth after almost tasting fifth, I need to look back at the race now and see where I went wrong to make sure I don’t repeat the same mistakes. Race two was a real disappointment for me. I was fighting hard to get back up to the lead group, but just didn’t pull it off in the end. I’m testing in Albacete next week and getting ready for the next race there in a few weeks. I hope I can put together everything I learned this weekend to improve my results,” he added.

Winner of both races, Fabio Quartararo (France) did an incredible job to increase his strong lead in the championship, with Jorge Navarro (Spain) in second; and Hiroki Ono (Japan) third in race one; and Ono in second and Navarro in third in race two.

Remy currently sits equal thirteenth in the CEV Repsol Championship.

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Learning Curve continues for Remy Gardner

Round three of the FIM CEV Buckler at Motorland Aragón proved to be another rollercoaster of a weekend for Remy Gardner. After qualifying on the second row in fourth, with a lap time that would have put him fourth on the last World Championship Moto3 grid at Motorland, Remy felt confident of a strong result today. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be, and when the chequered flag come down on the fifteen- lap race he went over the line in seventeenth place.

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The hotly contested CEV Moto3 class was an apparent showcase this weekend, with world-class lap times, and vigorous battles throughout the field of fourty-three riders.

Remy shot from fourth to second off the start, but was relegated to third by the end of the first lap. Championship leaders Fabio Quartararo and Jorge Navarro quickly broke away from a train of seven equally matched riders, with Remy battling between third and fifth place for the first seven laps. “I was comfortable in the group, and didn’t feel I had to push too hard to keep up the pace. I knew I had time but wanted to keep at the front. Unfortunately I made a mistake trying to pass Maria Herrera. I went into the corner way too hot and crashed. Luckily I was able to get the bike back on the track, but had to come back from around thirtieth position. There weren’t enough laps left in the race to get back to where I wanted to be, and I eventually ran out of time,” said Remy.

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The mistake has been a bitter pill to swallow today and Remy added, “I feel really bad for the team because we were all confident I could get a good result this weekend. I’ve let myself and my team down, but it just makes me more determined to fight for a podium at the next race at Montmelo in a few weeks.”

Congratulations to race winner Fabio Quartararo (France); Jorge Navarro (Spain) in second; and Hiroki Ono (Japan).

For further information contact Toni Atkinson via email: toni.c.gardner@gmail.com

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