Gardner – son of 1987 500cc world champion Wayne – stepped as much as MotoGP with Tech3 and KTM this season as reigning Moto2 champion.
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However the Australian struggled all 12 months aboard the RC16, scoring a complete of simply 13 factors from 20 races and a finest results of eleventh.
Gardner was knowledgeable mid-season that he wouldn’t be retained by KTM for 2023, with the Australian telling media on the San Marino Grand Prix that he had been ousted having been informed he’s “not being skilled sufficient”.
He’ll transfer to World Superbikes subsequent 12 months with GRT Yamaha, and mentioned after his ultimate MotoGP race in Valencia that he’s glad to see the again of the KTM bike.
“I simply went out and did the race pretty much as good as doable,” Gardner mentioned after Valencia.
“I believe the final three races, our first laps, have been fairly sick. The identical factor has simply been occurring, our rear tyre has been dropping.
“However Phillip Island was fairly superior, Sepang the primary few laps have been nice as nicely.
“I had good enjoyable, I simply loved the race and simply loved the weekend with family and friends. I’m fairly relieved, I’m simply glad I don’t should get on that factor once more.”
Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Photos
The souring of the KTM/Gardner relationship nonetheless isn’t totally clear as to the way it occurred, with it thought to have stemmed from criticism he and his supervisor Paco Sanchez made to the press concerning the bike – with Gardner saying the shortage of professionalism remark got here from highway racing vp Jens Haibach.
Gardner says he was sat down by KTM’s motorsport boss Pit Beirer however there’s by no means been a correct clarification nonetheless.
“Pit sat me down however couldn’t actually inform me something. It was like ‘yeah, sorry, however that’s the way in which it’s’,” he mentioned.
In an unique interview with Autosport, Beirer says he does remorse what occurred with Gardner, taking intention at his supervisor Sanchez for not serving to the scenario.
“Sure, as a result of he’s a world champion in our household and we couldn’t make it work,” Beirer mentioned when requested by Autosport if he regrets how the connection with Gardner ended.
“Why? This is able to be an extended dialogue, however I’m actually unhappy we couldn’t make it extra profitable.
“We had excessive motivation to do this and it didn’t work out nicely from either side. Once we needed to make a future plan, it was not useful that his administration informed the press that KTM contracts are the very last thing he desires for his riders.
“It is advisable to inspire a board of administrators to offer you MotoGP price range after which they see within the press ‘it’s a horrible bike, it’s a horrible scenario and I don’t need my riders there’.
“Within the improper second there was no ambiance, and you can’t construct success on a unfavourable ambiance.
“We had the sensation that he didn’t imagine in us and within the mission, that we couldn’t repair it, and I believe from my facet I felt additionally Remy gave up somewhat bit too early.
“I mentioned to him many instances ‘let’s struggle for that one level’. However there was a lot unfavourable aura round that we mentioned ‘let’s push a reset button now for our mission’, as a result of we modified so many issues at residence in our manufacturing facility with engineers, with group administration.
“However loads can be based mostly on optimistic power. So, it’s by no means good to separate up.
“I need to admit from our facet we didn’t make it a hit. We needed to do higher, and he needed to do higher. However the final result is unfavourable.”
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