-- Remy Gardner fights tough battle for 3rd in the Europe Road Racing
TGR were busy this weekend as both Remy and Luca Gardner competed in different
parts of Spain. Fifteen-year-old Remy enjoyed his first podium for two years in
the annual FIM Europe Road Racing Championship at Albacete Circuit; whilst his
thirteen year old brother Luca completed round five of the Campeonato
Mediterráneo de Velocidad (CMV) at Circuit de Catalunya, with mixed results.
Qualifying tenth on his KTM250 in a closely matched international field of forty
riders, Remy Gardner was determined to continue his run of stunning starts and
managed to improve his position to sixth into the first corner. He stuck hard
with the lead group for a number of laps, at one stage moving into fourth place.
But it was a tough group who all wanted to be up front, and at least ten
incredible riders in a train whose carriages kept changing position.
“I tried to stick with the front group from the beginning, but there was so much
biffing and barging going on that I got dragged back into the scrap a few times.
I kept pushing through to make sure I didn’t loose the lead pack. Luckily there
was a huge fight between the first six or so riders and that gave me time to
catch back up a bit. When I saw there were only seven laps left I knew I had to
pull something extra out, so I just kept pushing and pushing and after an
unfortunate incident between Navarro and my team mate Medina, I finally got into
fourth. On the last lap I thought to myself – I can get on the podium here if I
just push a bit harder and overtook Migno on the back straight to go over the
line in third. I was so happy to finally be on the podium,” said an ecstatic
The only disappointment for Remy was that his father, Wayne Gardner wasn’t there
to enjoy the podium celebrations as he was supporting Luca at the CMV race this
weekend. “We laughed before the race that for sure this would be the one where
I’d get a podium, just because Dad wouldn’t be there! He did watch it on TV from
the pits of Luca’s race and we’ll celebrate later. But even though Dad wasn’t
there my fantastic team [Calvo] were so excited for our result, it made up for
it,” said Remy.
Joining Remy on the podium in first place was Czech, and Redbull Rookies
Champion Karel Hanika, and currently running 2nd in the CEV, Bryan Schouten from
the Netherlands. Congratulations to all the International riders this weekend
who worked extremely hard and displayed incredible talent.
Meanwhile at Circuit de Catalunya Luca did well to qualify 5th, after missing
the last race due to injury, and for his first time on the Moriwaki MD250 at a
With two races on Sunday, Luca had a chance to claw back some points toward
those he lost by missing the last race. In typical Gardner style, in race one,
he shot into first place off the line, but was beaten to the first corner,
holding second place for next half lap. He then kept position for two laps
before being taken again and relegated to fourth and then fifth, after
experiencing problems with his slipper clutch. He hung onto fifth place when the
chequered flag went down.
Just before the second race it looked like rain was coming, however the entire
field started on slicks in the hope the ten-lap race would finish prior to a
soaking. Luca got a good start again with the first four riders reaching corner
one at the same time. Luca hung back and tried to follow the lead group and find
his feet. He let fifth place go in front after realising he was faster than
Luca, and would help pull him along to the front group. This is exactly what
happened. As they caught the lead group, on around lap three, it started to rain
heavily and Luca overtook three places and was battling for second. He overtook
second place, and as they arrived at turn ten, after touching several times,
both riders went into the turn together and ran wide, with Luca running off the
track and falling on the wet grass. The incident finished his race without
damage or injury.
“Luca surprised us all with his pace considering it was his first time at the
circuit, and his lack of racing experience. He adapted very quickly and turned
out some good times with a really professional approach. The way he rode in the
rain reminded me of myself, and the many wet weather races I’ve won. It was only
a lack of experience and some mechanical problems that caught him out this
weekend. I’ve come away from this race realising he has huge potential when he
puts his mind to it, and I’m very proud of the way he’s handled himself,” said
his father Wayne.
“I was disappointed that I didn’t finish the second race as it was my chance to
grab points back and get on the podium, but I know I did my best and now I can’t
wait for the next race.
Hopefully it’ll rain, hahahaha. My team Briefing Competició are the best, and
have given me a lot of confidence and support to get me where I am now.” Said a
Congratulations to the deserving CMV podium place holders. (Unfortunately we’ve
been unable to establish official combined results for the weekend to name the
riders, or establish Luca’s current standing in the Championship, but results
will be posted at a later date at ww.fcm.cat).
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