Mar 12, 2012
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Remy Gardner (87) testing the Moriwaki Dream MD250 GP3 bike at Suzuka.
Moriwaki GP3 bike a "Dream" come true
Moriwaki Engineering's Moto3 development rider Remy Gardner completed a three-day test of the aptly named Moriwaki Dream (MD250) GP3 bike for the first time, at Suzuka Circuit in Japan this week.
"We were so happy for Remy to finally be able to ride the MD250 in Japan. I am very proud of this machine and very excited to have Wayne [Gardner] back with the Moriwaki team, and to welcome Remy as a new member of the family," said Mamoru Moriwaki.
Day one of the official trial tested Remy's wet weather riding skills as he saddled up in torrential rain on a cold and soaking track. "I couldn't really assess the bike very well on the first day because I was learning the track and it had rivers running across it, but the bike felt pretty good even then," said Remy.
A wet track in the morning on day two didn't dampen the team's enthusiasm and as the surface dried Remy worked with Moriwaki's engineers to get the bike set up to his requirements, making solid headway. Proud father Wayne Gardner said, "Remy did a great job in varying conditions, and worked very well with the Moriwaki team. Having the opportunity to test the bike on wet and dry tyres was actually good experience for him too."
Yesterday, the last day of the test went exceptionally well. With much better conditions and the set up fine tuned, young Remy grabbed the opportunity to give the "Dream" a good hard run getting right up to speed. "Remy's approach and professionalism over the past three days has generated more respect and excitement from the Moriwaki crew," said Wayne. An elated Remy added, "I can't wait to test the bike at Jerez next week. It's feeling really good and I know we can make it even better as the season goes on."
Team Gardner Racing have been appointed Moriwaki Engineering's development team in Europe to help fine tune the Moto3 bike for entry into Grand Prixs later in the year. Remy will compete in the 2012 CEV Buckler Moto3 Championship in Spain, and will work closely with Moriwaki through the season to improve and develop the "Dream".
Representatives from Moriwaki will travel to Spain at the end of this week to join Team Gardner Racing at their first official CEV Buckler test at Jerez Circuit on 13-14 March, followed by the first race of the season on 30 March-1 April, also at Jerez.
"I absolutely loved Japan. It was my first time there since I was a baby and I will never forget this trip. It's a dream come true for me to be working with Moriwaki Engineering and racing in Spain. I sometimes can't believe it's happening to me," said a grateful Remy Gardner.