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Friday, January 27, 2023

Miller on Gardner’s arrival at WorldSBK: “We’ll see him fight Toprak, Johnny and Alvaro soon”

As the 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship draws to a close, the spotlight has begun to turn towards the 2023 campaign and team line-up. One of the brightest names to join the grid is Remy Gardner, the 2021 Moto2 World Champion, who will arrive in the WorldSBK paddock after fighting a season in MotoGP. Gardner’s best result came at the Catalunya Grand Prix, where he finished 11th in a difficult season. However, his compatriot Jack Miller believes Gardner could be in for something special in 2023 with WorldSBK.

“It’s sad to see Remy leave this paddock, but it’s great to start another Australian competitive bike in WorldSBK,” said Miller, who won a grand prix with the Ducati factory team and scored six other podium finishes in his final year ” “I love watching WorldSBK, especially with the current three-race format and especially with the guys at the front! I hope Remy adapts to that bike and gets up to speed, and I hope he Very soon Toprak will be at war with Johnny and Alvaro.

Throughout his Grand Prix career, Gardner has always shown great potential and that potential translated into a Moto2 World Championship crown in 2021, when he finished every race in the top ten with 12 podium finishes and five wins He headed for the title, beating his teammate Raul Fernandez by four points. Both moved to the Tech 3 KTM team in MotoGP for 2022, but both the Spaniard and the Australian struggled with the RC16, failing to finish in the top-10 despite showing brilliance throughout the course.

Elaborating on his opinion of Gardner, Miller believes his style and physique could help him adapt to World Superbike: “He’s a big guy and I think he has that heavy and Has the strength and power to ride a more flexible superbike bike.. Once he gets a grasp on the tyres, which are a lot softer than the ones we’re using here, I think he’ll have a hard time dealing with them. Wouldn’t be a problem, I look forward to seeing them up close.

“It’s fantastic! We Australians have a long history with WorldSBK, with Troy Corser, Troy Bayliss, Chris Vermeulen… I’ve definitely missed a few, but we’ve had an incredible WorldSBK career and It would be amazing to have another leading rider, a good bike going out there to get some good results.”

Gardner will join GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK, a team that has proven to be competitive in WorldSBK since his arrival. In his first race in the category, in 2019, he achieved a podium with Marco Melandri, and in 2020, with a rookie Garrett Gerloff, he added podiums in the second half of the season, before achieving more results in 2021. Has become more difficult – Gerloff has claimed only one podium finish so far – but the Yamaha YZF-R1 was the championship-winning bike in 2021 and everything indicates that it will end the current campaign in second place overall Which means the 24-year-old Australian will have a competitive package for his debut season in World Superbike. Interestingly, Gardner will start his new platform on his 25th birthday as he joins them on Friday, February 24, which will coincide with the first free season of the 2023 Australian tour.

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