News 20 Apr 2017

Gardner to miss COTA following successful surgery

Tech3 Racing rider targets racing return at Jerez next month.

Source: Supplied.

Australia’s Remy Gardner will aim to return to racing at Jerez on 7 May following surgery on his fractured leg sustained in Argentina.

The Moto2 World Championship regular will miss this weekend’s Circuit of the Americas round, but should be back on track during the first European round of the season.

“The operation went well,” Gardner said. “They basically put a hook plate on the end of my ankle, which hooks onto the broken piece and then pulls it up and back to its normal place. They then screwed the length of the plate into my leg.

“Obviously I am pretty angry at not being able to ride in Texas, as we were just starting to find a good rhythm with the bike and I am confident we could have been in the points.

“The plan now is to come back stronger than ever and I am already looking forward to Jerez which is the target. Thanks to everyone who has been sending messages of support I can’t wait to get back aboard my Tech3 Mistral machine!”

Gardner’s beginning of the 2017 Moto2 season with Tech3 Racing has been struck with bad luck, taken out on the opening lap in both Qatar and Argentina.