This year they are fighting it out against each other for the Moto2 title, next year they will be together again in MotoGP, in the Tech3 team, and yesterday they tried the KTM MotoGP bike for the first time at Misano. The careers of Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez travel along parallel lines and neither will forget their first time on the RC16.
“Incredible, honestly – commented Gardner - I mean I expected power and strong braking but until you really try it then you don’t know. I was going through gears like there was no tomorrow. Even in the last laps it was mind-blowing how fast it was. I had a great day and a lot of fun. It was good to get a feel for the bike and to try and understand it. It was a nice little treat for us by KTM. I cannot wait to start for real and I’m looking forward to push the bike next time, trying to find those limits.”
Raul Fernandez could also not have failed to be satisfied with the experience: “I’m really happy and thanks to KTM for giving me an opportunity. It was an amazing day and incredible to ride that bike. At the beginning there were many new things to think about, like the carbon brakes, but after a while it felt quite easy and I was enjoying it like a kid. The power was…wow. I want to start the work for next season as soon as possible even though all my focus is on Moto2 right now. In Valencia we’ll start again.”