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Moto3 World Championship. Australian Grand Prix. Phillip Island. Race

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Remy Gardner was unlucky yesterday. The son of World Champion 500 cc in1987, hoped to make a good race, but his bike stalled at the start and started the last from the pit lane. He won some positions, but the 26th place wash´t enough for him at home.

#2 Remy Gardner / @TheWayneGardner - 26º

“It was not a very good race. The bike has stalled without any explanation and I had to start from the pit lane. I’ve tried to take it easy, not lose focus and keep everything under control to avoid a fall and try to make good laps to see if I could won some positions. I did it and then I had a good fight with Guevara but in the end he won me in the line. But I have to think in the weekend, it has been positive and I have learned a lot from the other riders, it was the main objective in this race. ”

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Calvo Team grows at Phillip Island


Los pilotos del Calvo Team han crecido en número con motivo del Gran Premio de Australia. Este fin de semana Remy Gardner debuta con el equipo como “wild card” en Phillip Island. La climatología, siempre protagonista en esta carrera, esta vez ha respetado y ambas sesiones se han disputado con sol, pero como siempre el viento ha jugado en contra de los pilotos y en particular en el segundo entrenamiento libre en el que no muchos pilotos han logrado mejorar. Remy, el hijo del mítico, Wayne Gardner, ha mejorado muchísimo de la primera a la segunda sesión para acabar con el 25º en la clasificación combinada.


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“Es fantástico estar aquí corriendo en casa y, sobre todo, con mi equipo. En la primera sesión me he encontrado bien desde el principio y me encanta el circuito. En la segunda sesión me había marcado como objetivo mejorar mi tiempo de la mañana y lo he conseguido, así que para ser el primer día estoy muy contento. En Misano no conocía la moto y me costó más, aquí con mi moto todo es más fácil a pesar de que no conocía el circuito. Bueno, había corrido con una 80 cc en el pasado, pero no tiene nada que ver y no me sirvió mucho porque se hacía siempre gas a fondo. Hoy sí que he podido aprender mucho”.



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Top Ten finish for Luca Gardner at Estoril

Luca Gardner achieved his first top ten finish in the Pre GP Moto3 category of the Copa España de Velocidad in Portugal today, after a weekend plagued by machine failure.

Round five at Circuito Estoril started out promising as Luca settled into a full day of testing on Thursday. However testing on Friday was cut short after the crank case on Luca’s PreGP Moto 3 Moriwaki cracked, leaking oil onto the tyre. Luca suffered a big high side, injuring his foot and demolishing his second day of testing after minimal laps.

With only suspected bruising, he was back on the bike on Saturday for two qualifying sessions. But another blow to his Estoril campaign struck in the afternoon when the exhaust pipe broke and he was unable to complete the second session.

After combining qualifying one and two Luca sat on the grid in twenty third position, from a field of thirty-four. After rain overnight, and with all the mechanical issues ironed out, Luca knew he had some work to do to if he wanted to make an impression today. He got a good start and made up a few places right off the line, then put his head down to go for it. “It was a difficult to keep up with the lead group. There were still many wet patches from the morning, and quite a few riders were crashing because of this. I wanted to go hard but also knew I needed to be careful, so I did what I could to keep a steady pace, but make some headway, and in the end I went over the line in tenth. I’ve been thinking all year I should be able to be racing with the top ten but have had so many mechanical problems it’s been difficult. This weekend I had problems as well, but am happy we didn’t experience anything in the race and I could try and show what I’m capable of,” said a satisfied Luca.

“My foot is pretty swollen and hurting now that the race weekend is over, and I’m not sure it’s just bruising now,” said Luca after the race. “I’ll have to go get an X-ray tomorrow and we’ll see if there’s any problems, but I’m really looking forward to the next race in Valencia in two weeks and am sure it’ll be fine by then,” he added.

Congratulations to the Pre GP Moto 3 podium placed riders today Raul Fernandez Gonzales in first, Hector Garzo Vicen in second and Jeremy Alcoba Ferrer.

Round Six at Valencia is on the weekend of 26-28 September.

Luca Gardner Estoril Grid


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!!!”



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. ”

Remy Gardner at Motorland CEV - 2014

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.

Remy Gardner at Le Mans CEV - May 2014

2014 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix wildcards:

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

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

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

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


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.


“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.


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.


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.