SBK, Remy Gardner to début in IDM with the Yamaha R1

Son of 500 champion Wayne tested the Yamaha R1 Superstock bike that he will race in the German Superbike championship, without losing focus on Moto2

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Remy Gardner was born in Sidney on 24 February 1998, so he is now 18 years old. His father, the legendary Wayne Gardner, who raced in World Grand Prix Motorcycle racing and won the title in the 500 category in 1987, placed little Remy on cross and enduro bikes in their garden at home and at 10 years of age he had him début in asphalt track racing with 100cc bikes. At the age of 14, Remy emigrated to Europe, directly to Spain, where he could develop his future, until making his début in the prestigious CEV championship in 2013, where he began to shine, thanks in part to a rather “demanding” surname.

In 2014 Remy took the big jump and made his GP Motorcycle Racing début in the Moto3 lightweight class, riding in three races and earning his first championship point at his home race, at Phillip Island, in front of relatives and friends.

Last year Remy competed once again in the Moto3 season and in 18 GP races he finished in the points only once, again in Australia, finishing the season in thirtieth place.

At the beginning of this season, the young Australian (in the meantime growing taller and stockier) decided to move over to the larger and more powerful 600 machines, so he turned up at the start of the CEV championship in the Moto2 class, where he rode in the first races on the calendar until being called up by the Tasca Racing team to sub for Alessandro Tonucci in the Moto2 world championship, participating in the Barcelona and Assen races.

Another call has now arrived for the Australian who will add the German IDM championship to his duties, astride a Yamaha R1 in the Superstock 1000 class where he will ride in his first race at Zolder, subbing for German rider Lukas Trautmann who will be moving over to Superbike, also on the R1. After the Zolder race, Remy will also ride in the Schleiz race, where he already tested a factory R1 on the street circuit Friday.

Remy will therefore find a new bike, but already developed by Trautmann and his teammate, Florian Alt, who will help the young Australian on and off the track: “I’ve never raced with the 1000cc before said RemyNow I’m really excited for doing a race. It should be good. Obviously we want to try to be on the podium, but we’ll see, because I only know the track in Zolder from video games, so I know the amount of corners and where it goes, but I don’t know exactly the track.”

In the first test in Schleiz, Remy did not want to push too hard, preferring to get to know the bike cautiously: “My feeling with the standard bike was pretty good, but I wasn’t really pushing too hard, because with this standard bike the track is a little dangerous. But it was fun. I was having a good time riding with the factory guys. It will be good.”

The Yamaha MGM team manager, Michael Galinski is also curious and excited about his new rider: “Since Lukas Trautmann will be on the R1 Superbike version, Remy has this chance on the Superstock R1. We’re very curious to see what he’ll be able to do, switching from the 600cc Moto2 bike to the 1000cc machine. I don’t know Remy very well, so the upcoming race weekend will be even more exciting for all of us. We’re really looking forward to work with him.”

 

 

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Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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