Remy Gardner's puzzled — and with good reason.
The Aussie teenager's first year in the Moto3™ world championship has been a frustrating one from a number of perspectives, not the least the temperamental nature of his CIP Mahindra machine.
"At some circuits, particularly Silverstone, the engine has performed very well, but at some other places it just hasn't been able to get the job done," said Remy, who's still searching for his maiden world championship point.
"The issue isn't so much top speed, but acceleration, and when there's a first-gear corner leading into a long straight it's very difficult."
Despite the unpredictable performance, Remy is confident that his Mahindra will be on the pace at Phillip Island this weekend.
"The fast and flowing nature of Phillip Island should really agree with the Mahindra, so I'm looking forward to getting out there in first practice tomorrow and posting some good times."
Remy made his Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix debut in 2014, but he had to start from pit lane after problems on the grid. He eventually finished in 26th position after qualifying in 34th.
Still, the oldest son of Aussie legend Wayne Gardner impressed enough observers — from both his deeds in the cut-throat Spanish CEV title and the world championship cameos — to secure a full-time ride with CIP Mahindra in 2015, where his best results have been a trio of 17th place finishes at Silverstone, Brno and Indianapolis.
The Aussie is now set to continue his world championship career in the Moto2 ranks in 2016, and says that he "hopes to make an announcement by the end of this weekend".