Remy Gardner: “We can’t do anything else, I can’t buy a Ducati”; uncertain of the future of MotoGP | MotoGP
The Australian, who arrived in MotoGP as reigning Moto2 world champion, endured a frustrating rookie season with Tech 3 KTM.
Gardner wasn’t the only one struggling to find consistent form and performance aboard the KTM machines, as teammate Raul Fernandez became the latest rookie to score points this season (round nine in Catalunya).
Aside from some good opening races for the Red Bull KTM factory team, the Austrian manufacturer has been well below the pecking order when it comes to qualifying in particular.
The running pace was generally stronger but that usually only came at the hands of Brad Binder, who hadn’t been for the South African producing stunning ripostes more often than not, so the results would have looked good worse.
Clearly for a rookie the RC16 hasn’t been the nicest of bikes as Iker Lecuona, now in WorldSBK, also struggled to show his true potential.
While Gardner had reasonable expectations heading into the season – vying for Rookie of the Year honors – the son of legendary runner Wayne Gardner said they were well above current results.
“I didn’t go out and didn’t expect to win,” Gardner said MotoGP.com. “But I certainly expected to at least fight for Rookie of the Year. Of course, the expectations were a bit higher than what we realize at the moment.
“It’s a little disappointing, but we just have to keep working and doing what we can to get to this milestone.”
Gardner doesn’t know if the future lies in MotoGP
After scoring just twice before the ninth round of the season, Gardner appeared to take a step forward for Barcelona by recording an 11th place finish, by far his best first-class result.
But is that enough to secure the Aussie a place on the grid as there seem to be more riders than bikes available.
Gardner doesn’t think KTM has made the same improvements over its rivals, and while frustrating for the Aussie, it’s not like a plethora of options are available.
Gardner went on to say, “There have definitely been times this year where it’s been pretty frustrating. At the end of the day, you have to have the mindset where you can accept the situation and try to make the most of it. best party.
“At the moment we can’t do anything else. I can’t buy a Ducati and ride a Ducati. I’m riding the KTM right now.
“I think everyone has taken an amazing step as manufacturers and I don’t think we’ve managed to take that step this year. I’m trying to work as best as I can with KTM. I’d like to stay in this paddock but at the moment, honestly, I don’t know.”
Martin is ready to leave Ducati if he does not receive a factory machine in 2023
While Gardner’s future may look uncertain, so can Jorge Martin, as the Spaniard still has no idea where he will ride next season.
Martin was the early season favorite to replace Jack Miller in the Lenovo Ducati factory team, but with the rise of Enea Bastianini and Martin struggling for consistency after falling several races, the former champion of the world of Moto3 says he still has to ‘understand where I can be’.
Also speaking to MotoGP.com, Martin added: “My future was almost completely clear, but now it looks like I have to figure out where I can be next year.
“Maybe sometimes thinking ahead can be hard to control the pressure and be 100% focused, but I’ve learned that the things you can’t control are the things you don’t have to be nervous, so try to be focused and focused on driving and forget about what I can’t control.”
Although his options for next season likely lie within the Ducati family, Martin isn’t ruling out a shock departure from the Italian brand if he doesn’t receive a factory bike.
“If you only look at the results, then Enea [Bastianini] deserve this place and I don’t. But if you look inside [the whole picture] I think that’s another story,” added Martin.
“He has a very good bike and I think with this bike I already did those things last year.
“Of course Pramac is the best team I’ve ever been in and I’m happy here. But in case I’m not on a factory bike in Ducati then I’ll look for [elsewhere] for a factory bike.”