News 19 Oct 2016

Gardner intends to contest Phillip Island despite Japanese saga

Teenager travelling home for Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Moto2 World Championship rookie Remy Gardner is planning to contest his home round at Phillip Island this weekend, despite ongoing speculation he could miss the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Gardner and father Wayne – the 1987 500cc world champion – were involved in a ‘road rage’ incident at Motegi last Sunday, resulting in the latter being arrested according to reports.

A statement put out by 18-year-old Remy’s publicist this evening confirms he is in fact on his way to Phillip Island for the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix to compete with his Tasca Racing Scuderia squad in the Moto2 division.

“Despite recent media speculation and rumour, Remy Gardner is currently en-route to Phillip Island where his intention is to ride in the upcoming Moto2 race in front of his home fans,” the statement read.

“In response to the stories circulating in the press and on social media, he has not been charged with any offence relating to a road rage incident that occurred in Japan and looks forward to completing the season with Tasca Scuderia Racing. Remy has no comment in relation to the incident.”

However it appears to be more complicated than stated by the Gardner camp, with countryman Anthony West already also on his way home from Europe to Australia, reportedly to stand-in at Tasca Racing Scuderia.

Gardner has already been signed for the 2017 season by high-profile French MotoGP and Moto2 team, Tech3 Racing, which was announced during the British Grand Prix last month.