News 30 May 2022

Positive physical step made at Mugello for Tech3's Gardner

KTM MotoGP rookie able to push for complete race distance.

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Tech3 KTM Factory Racing’s Remy Gardner made a step forward physically at Mugello’s round eight of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship, delighted that his condition enabled him to push every lap on route to finishing P19.

Gardner injured his wrist in a training accident before this year’s championship even began, which impacted his pre-season and performance throughout the opening rounds.

The RC16 arguably isn’t the easiest bike to ride, but the Italian GP provided the Australian with confidence that things with his physical condition are headed in the right direction.

“I am happy that I finished the race because I was feeling very good physically,” Gardner reflected. “Mugello is a very difficult track, and even in Moto2 last year, it was difficult.

“Today I was able to give my best at every lap, so I am happy with myself. The MotoGP bike is a big beast to ride so it was a positive step we made this weekend.”

Gardner crossed the line 30.548 seconds behind race winner Francesco Bagnaia. Despite beating teammate Raul Fernandez by 12 seconds, the number 87 will be looking to bridge the gap to Red Bull KTM Factory Racing duo Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira in the coming rounds, as the Portuguese rider found a notable step in the race to allow him to finish P9 while Binder was seventh.

The MotoGP rookie will get his next outing in less than a week’s time when round nine of the 2022 MotoGP World Championship commences on Friday at Catalunya, Spain.