"Young Riders Being Wasted" - Remy Gardner Criticizes MotoGP Rider Policy And Looks Forward to WSBK
After Suzuki’s exit and too many competitors, Remy Gardner had to give up his MotoGP dream after his rookie season. The Australian criticizes the rider policy of the premier class.
After a disappointing rookie season on an inferior bike, Remy Gardner left MotoGP for the World Superbike Championship.
The Australian will compete in the Giansanti Racing Team in 2023 alongside two-time World Supersport Champion Domi Aegerter.
Last season, the 2021 Moto2 world champion rode for Tech3 in MotoGP. However, after it became clear that the 24-year-old’s contract would not be renewed, Gardner did not hold back with statements about the team.
He describes his disappointment: “They broke my heart. Apparently, there’s no appreciation for the world championship I gave them.”
In 2021, the Australian won the Moto2 World Championship ahead of his teammate Raul Fernandez. Both youngsters had then moved up to the Tech3 MotoGP team – a fatal mistake for Gardner.
He is sure: “It would have been different with a different bike. If I had been on a Ducati, it would have looked very different. I would have needed a different, more competitive bike.”
In addition, the Australian sees himself as a victim of the increasingly fast rider policy. Young riders in particular are “being wasted”.
“In MotoGP today you have one year, maybe one and a half or two, to prove yourself. In the future, too, many young riders will be burnt out, that’s the mentality today.”
The fact that the rider makes up less and less of the bike-rider package adds to the problem. “Unfortunately, MotoGP is more similar to Formula 1 today than ever before, everything is down to the bike.”
“Marc Marquez is the best rider ever and he can’t win at the moment either. The rider, unfortunately, can’t compensate for the deficits today.”
Gardner expects a completely different championship in Superbike, the Australian is looking forward to the new challenge.
After the first outings on his new bike, the 24-year-old is looking forward to his first season in WSBK and admits:
“I like that the bike moves around and slides a lot more than the MotoGP bike. I prefer this feeling, this movement.”
“New championship, new bike, everything is still quite new. It will take me some time to adapt. I hope we can have some strong races and maybe some podiums.”