Australian Remy Gardner has been forced to miss the second race at Misano after undergoing surgery on a fracture sustained on his left hand, following a monster highside at last weekend’s San Marino GP.
Gardner was set to start on pole position before a crash during warm-up meant the Australian was declared unfit for the race.
The ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team rider now sets his sights on returning at the Catalan GP which is scheduled for 25-27 September, and the ninth Grand Prix of the season.
“I am disappointed that I have to miss this weekend,” Gardner said. “They put a plaque in my finger yesterday and I think I could have been able to ride the bike but not at the best way possible so I think it is better to miss one race and come back stronger in Catalunya.
“That way I think we can have better results. I want to say sorry to the team and to Edu and everyone for letting the guys down this weekend but I am sure we will get back stronger than even. Thank you to everyone for their support!”
The disappointing news followed what had been an exciting week for Gardner, who officially signed with Red Bull KTM Ajo for the 2021 Moto2™ season.
“I’m extremely happy to sign with Red Bull KTM for next season,” Gardner said on the move. “It’s been a dream of mine for a long time to ride in Aki’s team and so I want to thank him for giving me the chance. I am sure we can do some spectacular things together and I can’t wait to get started.
“I want to thank everyone who has made this possible and a further thanks to KTM for giving me the opportunity.”
The Australian will look to turn his fortunes around on his return to racing, as he currently sits 11th in the Moto2™ standings, with seven Grands Prix remaining in the 2020 season.