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MotoGP™ Legend Gardner believes son Remy on the right track

MotoGP™ Legend Gardner believes son Remy on the right track

The 1987 500cc World Champion, Wayne Gardner, believes his son Remy Gardner has the talent to use a wildcard ride at this weekend’s Tissot Australian Grand Prix as a springboard to a full-time Grand Prix ride.

The 16 year-old will compete for Team Laglisse Calvo on a KTM in this weekend’s Moto3™ race at Phillip Island, 25 years after father Wayne won the first 500cc World Championship Grand Prix held at the Victorian coastal circuit.

The Sydney-born teenager rides in the FIM CEV Repsol this year, and made his World Championship debut at Misano in September.

That race came just a week after the young Gardner emerged unscathed from a horrendous accident in the FIM CEV Repsol series at the Navarra circuit, where he fell from his bike early in the race, was momentarily knocked out, and run over by another rider.

Speaking to the ‘Keeping Track’ podcast, Australian hero Gardner says his son’s response to the biggest crash of his career showed he has the mental strength to match his growing riding ability.

"I’m regarded as one of the tough guys of the sport, but for 16 years-old, Remy is extremely tough," Gardner said.

"He’s very focused and determined which follows my traits. That accident was just horrific; I couldn’t breathe and I had to have a cold shower after it. But he didn’t even get one scratch on him, and he wanted to go straight out and race. One week later, he’s in the Grand Prix at Misano."

Gardner says his son’s riding style should mesh well with the fast and flowing Phillip Island layout, where Wayne took memorable back-to-back wins for Honda in 1989-90. The MotoGP™ Legend continued, "This year, he’s really picked his game up in the high-speed corners."

"His little mistakes this year have only been in first-gear corners, where he’s given it a fistful of throttle and not quite on the right line. You’ve got to have a certain style for fast stuff and you’ve got to change your style for the slow stuff, just for one or two corners. Remember, Phillip Island has two slow corners."

Tags:
Moto3, 2014, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX

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