News 30 Aug 2011

Team Gardner Racing headed for Europe full time in season 2012

Remy Gardner (87) will head to Europe full time for the 2012 road racing season.

Remy Gardner (87) will head to Europe full time for the 2012 road racing season.

Team Gardner Racing will relocate to Barcelona Spain next season in order for Australian rising stars Remy and Luca Gardner to further their road racing careers.

Remy and Luca started their first full season of road racing at the beginning of this year, and former World 500cc Motorcycle Champion Wayne Gardner has revealed that he’ll head overseas with the boys for 2012.

“We’ve been talking about it for a while,” Gardner said. “Remy has been commuting to Spain to compete in the Mediterranean Championship (CMV) and his results to date have far exceeded our expectations.

“They’ve both also competed in Australia in the National Motorcycle Road Racing Development Association (MRRDA) Championship, and dirt track events. The real competition is overseas and if the boys want to improve it’s the move we need to make.

Ending their Australian road racing season, Team Gardner Racing competed in their last Australian-based event on the weekend at Broadford in Victoria.

In the final round of the MRRDA, Remy finished third behind Matt Barton and Zac Zanesco in the 80cc two-stroke class, while his younger brother Luca secured fourth in the 70cc ‘Nippers’ class behind Troy Gunther, Lawson Walters and Mitch Simpson.

“I rode some of the toughest races of my life last weekend,” Remy said. “We were riding consistently under the lap record all weekend but I kept over-riding my Moriwaki 80, crashing once because I really wanted to win.

“In the end I realised I couldn’t compete with the newer bikes without riding dangerously and I thought it was more important to go to Spain without any injuries today for my CMV race next weekend.”

Luca displayed his fighting spirit in the last two races of the weekend. After perfecting his starts he was able to mix it with the top four, all producing exciting racing for the spectators.

“I had so much fun in those races,” Luca said. “They were all 12 laps this time and so it was really good to get a lot of time on the track and get more experience.

“The battles in the last races were really fun and I can’t wait to get to Spain next year and start training with Dad on a Moriwaki 250.”

Gardner thanked the team’s supporters for their assistance in what was a part-time season for Remy and Luca in Australia.

“Our Australian season wouldn’t have been possible without the generous donation of two beautiful Moriwaki race bikes which we modified to suit the junior classes,” Gardner said.

“Western Australian industry identity Neil Dunn had no hesitation in offering me the use of his bikes when I was searching for two training machines. The Moriwaki/Hondas have been an invaluable tool in the boys’ development.

“The hard work and dedication of engineer Tony Hatton, who rebuilt the bikes with Honda parts and supported us at all the races, has also been a major contribution to the team’s success.”

Team Gardner Racing still has a number of important races to concentrate on this year, including three more rounds of the CMV in Spain at Alcarras, Albacete and Valencia circuits where Remy is currently running second in the championship.

Luca will also compete in the NSW Dirt Track Championships in September and both boys will contest the Australian Dirt Track Championships in October.