REMY GARDNER TO JOIN YAMAHA IN WORLDSBK FROM 2023
Yamaha Motor Europe is pleased to announce that 2021 Moto2 World Champion Remy Gardner will contest the FIM Superbike World Championship with Yamaha from 2023, after an agreement was reached this week with the 24-year-old Australian.
Gardner has enjoyed a successful career in the Grand Prix paddock, which began with three wildcard entries in the 2014 Moto3 World Championship. After completing his first full season the following year, the Australian impressed on his Moto2 debut as a replacement rider at Barcelona, which saw him retained for the remaining 2016 rounds.
Gardner became a consistent points-scorer in the championship over the next few seasons, and in 2019 he scored a breakthrough podium with second in Argentina. In 2020, he was one of the Moto2 standouts, celebrating four podiums including a stunning maiden victory at the Portimão finale from pole position, ending the season sixth in the standings.
In 2021, Gardner enjoyed several exceptional performances, winning five times and taking 12 podiums, while he placed inside the top 10 in every race he finished. He was crowned the Moto2 World Champion at the Valencia finale, before being promoted to the premier MotoGP class for the 2022 season.
In his MotoGP rookie season, Gardner has demonstrated strong progression and a level of determination that will serve him well in 2023, as he takes on a new challenge aboard the race proven Yamaha R1 in the GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team.
(Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Manager)
“Remy is an exciting young talent, who boasts an impressive career inside the Grand Prix paddock. We are obviously delighted to have a rider on board who’s not only shown great progression but has experience at the top level of motorcycle racing. We believe that he is the perfect fit for Yamaha’s WorldSBK programme and are keen to see what he can do on one of our R1 WorldSBK machines. We’d also like to thank Garrett Gerloff for his commitment to Yamaha these past three seasons and we wish him all the best for the future.”
(GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team, Team Manager)
“We are delighted to welcome Remy to our team. He fits perfectly with our programme, and is a top rider who has proven his abilities as a World Champion in the Grand Prix paddock. We strongly believe he will be a great asset for Yamaha and the GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team. At the same time, we would like to thank Garrett for the three years we have spent together. We are parting ways at the end of the season but highly respect him, so wish him all the best.”