Remy Gardner recovering from surgery after Argentina
Gardner is recovering from surgery and will miss the Texas round, aiming to return in Spain
Remy Gardner’s leg surgery following the incident in Argentina has proven a success, with the rider now on the road to recovery but disappointed to be missing the Texas round.
The luckless Aussie was taken out for the second consecutive race, making for a challenging start to the season, only further compounded by the need for surgery on his broken ankle.
As the surgery was a success, the focus is now on a racing return at the Spanish GP at Jerez on May 7th, where Remy is looking forward to getting back on board his Tech3 Mistral machine. Speaking from his hospital bed shortly after the operation Remy Gardner shared his optimism going forward and his anger at missing a round, as well as explaining the extent of the surgery.
“The operation went well. They basically put a hook plate on the end of my ankle which hooks onto the broken piece and then pulls it up and back to its normal place. They then screwed the length of the plate into my leg. Obviously I am pretty angry at not being able to ride in Texas as we were just starting to find a good rhythm with the bike and I am confident we could have been in the points. The plan now is to come back stronger than ever and I am already looking forward to Jerez which is the target. Thanks to everyone who has been sending messages of support I can’t wait to get back aboard my Tech3 Mistral machine!”
Julian Simon to step in for Gardner at the Americas GP
Vastly experienced former Moto2 rider Julian Simon will compete on the Mistral 610 this weekend and replace the injured Remy Gardner who is recovering from recent surgery. The young Australian was unfortunately hit by another rider during the first lap of the Argentina GP, which resulted in him breaking his right ankle. On Tuesday, Gardner was successfully operated on and he now aims to make a comeback at Jerez, the first European Grand Prix of the season, which starts on the 5th of May. The Tech3 Racing Team wishes Remy Gardner a swift recovery and would like to welcome Julian Simon, the 2009 125cc World Champion, for the race weekend in Austin, Texas.
“I am very pleased about this opportunity to race with the Tech3 Racing Team this weekend so I must start by saying thanks to Hervé and all of the crew. I have seen the Mistral 610 on the track for many years and I am excited to sample the bike and get an impression of the chassis. I hope that Remy will return soon but this weekend I aim to enjoy the experience and help with the development, if possible. I will give my all to score a good result and I am really happy to race with Tech3 in Austin, Texas.”
Hervé Poncharal – Team Manager
“As most people know, Remy had his operation on Tuesday, which went successfully, and Dr Mir and his crew are happy with what was undertaken. They have said that our rider will be 95% fit for Jerez and we look forward to having him back then. After the Argentina GP, we told Remy that there would not be a replacement rider unless Julian was available and he fully agreed with this. Now, we are happy to have Julian join us for the Americas GP because we have known each other for quite a few seasons and in the past, we even discussed the possibility of him joining our team as a full-time rider. He is a very talented and high-level Moto2 rider, but most importantly, he has raced in the intermediate class since 2010 and he has ridden almost every bike that has been available. We will be very interested to hear his comments and feedback, which will certainly help us to understand our machine more. In addition, this weekend we have the opportunity to work with someone who is not only a top rider but also a true gentleman. Good luck to Julian and we’ll do our best to support him. Furthermore, we can’t wait to see Remy again, and even though he has been unlucky so far in 2017, we know that he is going to surprise people and do some great things this year with us.”
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