They say the ‘apple doesn’t fall far from the tree’. The never give up fighting spirit underdog attitude that took Wayne Gardner from the steelworks of Wollongong, NSW, to international stardom as a 500cc Grand Prix World Champion has been inherited by 16-year-old Remy Gardner, who’s racing determination and drive took a major step forward on Saturday when he signed a contract to compete in the World Grand Prix Championship riding for CIP Mahindra in the Moto3 class.
On Wednesday afternoon at the Valencia circuit Respol Honda’s double-MotoGP™ World Champion Marc Marquez wrapped up three days of testing at the top of the timesheet with a best lap of 1’30.973.
Marquez was 0.146s ahead of his teammate Dani Pedrosa, who was second quickest on Wednesday with a time of 1’31.119 and fourth best over the three days of the test. The Honda pair undertook back-to-back comparisons with their 2014 and 2015 RC213V machines, Marquez’s best time registered on a 2015 prototype.
He’s back! Marc Marquez took his first victory in five races to equal the record of 12 victories in a single season set by fellow-Honda rider Mick Doohan of Australia back in 1997 – and the 21-year-old Spaniard now has a crack at setting the outright record in his home country when the season concludes in Valencia in a fortnight.
Remy Gardner proved he belongs in World Championship Grand Prix racing on the weekend with a stunning 15th place in his third Moto3 race – and his first ever visit to the challenging Sepang Circuit.
Remy, who was picked up by Team Calvo to replace injured rider Eric Granado, had impressed team boss Pablo Nieto with his wildcard ride at the previous weekends Tissot Australian Grand Prix, securing a one-off ride on a factory KTM.
Remy Gardner is in transit to Kuala Lumpur today, where he is set to compete in his third World Championship Grand Prix.
The 16-year-old, who was due to fly out of Melbourne last night to a CEV Repsol Championship team Calvo Laglisse test at Portimao, Portugal, has changed plans and is on his way to KL this morning.
Remy will replace injured Moto3™ rider Eric Granado on the factory Team Calvo KTM Moto3™ bike this weekend.
Seven-time MotoGP™ World Champion, Valentino Rossi won today’s 2014 Tissot Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix in his 250th premier class start.
Current MotoGP™ title holder, Marc Marquez exited the race in dramatic style, crashing unexpectedly while in control of the race.
Rossi’s 82nd premier class victory equalled Australian Casey Stoner’s record of six Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix wins and moved him clear of both Jorge Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa in the battle for second in the World Championship.
Valentino Rossi has taken a stunning victory in the 2014 Tissot Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island to celebrate his 250th start in the senior class of world motorcycle racing.
Rossi took full advantage of an uncharacteristic slip-up by World Champion Marc Marquez to seize the lead on the 18th lap of the 27-lap race and raced away to beat Movistar Yamaha teammate Jorge Lorenzo by 10.836 seconds as their main competitors came to grief over the closing stages.
Spaniard Maverick Vinales pulled clear of his challengers in the final five laps to win the Moto2™ race at the 2014 Tissot Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island.
It was the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 rider’s second win in the last three races, as he really starts to hit some red-hot form just as his one-year tenure in Moto2™ begins to wind down. In 2015, Vinales will step up to the MotoGP™ ranks with Suzuki.