The son of Australia’s former motorcycling world champion Wayne Gardner is set to make his grand prix racing debut this weekend in Moto3.
Remy Gardner, the teenage son of Australian motorcycling legend Wayne, will make his grand prix racing debut this weekend after earning a late call-up to ride in Moto3.
The 16-year-old will suit up for Kiefer Racing at the San Marino GP in Misano, Italy, replacing injured rider Luca Grunwald.
News of the ride follows confirmation of Gardner’s wildcard entry into next month’s Moto3 race at the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix on Phillip Island – 25 years after his father won the first 500cc world championship event in Australia.
“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,” Gardner Jr said on Tuesday.
“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.”
Gardner will get to ride alongside Queenslander Jack Miller, who leads the Moto3 world title race for Red Bull KTM.
Fellow Australian Olly Simpson has also been awarded a wildcard entry for the smallest cylinder class GP at Phillip Island, as have compatriots Aiden Wagner and Max Croker but in Moto2.
Gardner has spent the past two seasons racing in Spain’s FIM Repsol CEV – the series that gave rise to MotoGP world champions Casey Stoner and Marc Marquez, as well as young Miller.
“It will be awesome racing in Australia,” he said.
“I haven’t actually ridden a Moto3 bike around the Phillip Island circuit yet, so it will be a challenge.
“I’m counting on taking the CEV (Campeonato Espagnol de Velocidad) experience I’ve built up and putting it to good use there.
“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.”
Wayne Gardner, the 1987 500cc world champion, said it was hard to believe he’ll be returning to Phillip Island to watch his son race.
“It will be a proud moment for him and the rest of my family,” he said.
“I think he’ll go well … and I’ve got a few tips I can give him without overloading his brain.”