Moto2 racer Remy Gardner will make his MotoGP debut in 2022 with Tech 3 Racing after signing a deal with Austrian manufacturer, KTM.

The speculations around Gardner taking a step up to MotoGP was on during the Italian GP weekend at Mugello. The news has now been confirmed by KTM, with the Australian signing a deal for his premier class debut in 2022 with Tech 3, to ride one of the RC16s.

Gardner is racing in Moto2 currently with Red Bull KTM Ajo, where he leads the riders’ standings after six rounds with one win and five podiums. It will be his last year in the championship, after racing for six years in the intermediate category.

While Gardner has been named as one of the Tech 3 riders, it remains to be seen who he partners with both Danilo Petrucci and Iker Lecuona in contention. The reports suggested that the Italian may not be retained beyond 2021, but it remains to be seen.

“I’m extremely happy that KTM have given me this opportunity,” said Gardner. “It’s a dream come true for me and what we have worked for up until this point. It’s an incredible chance for me and I cannot wait to ride the bike. I just want to thank KTM for believing in me. Right now we need to focus on finishing 2021 in a strong way. I want to thank also everyone who has supported me to reach MotoGP. We’re just getting started.”

At the same time, Pit Beirer, KTM Motorsport Director, said: “It’s a real pleasure for us to bring Remy to MotoGP next season because we knew about his speed and ability for Moto2 and he has confirmed that potential. We believe there is much more to come from him and it’s important he has this opportunity to keep growing. Remy is a typical racer.

“He’s super-determined and never gives up. He’s exciting to watch and we’re looking forward to working with him in this next step. Again, we’re also showing that the KTM GP Academy can give the right opportunity for riders that want to go all the way.”

And, Herve Poncharal, Tech3 KTM Factory Racing Team Principal, added: “We are very proud, happy and confident to welcome Remy. We believe he will be a strong asset to the KTM MotoGP line up and I think having taken this decision is now going to help Remy to focus 100% on his Moto2 World Championship and will also help us, the Tech3 KTM Factory Racing Team to focus on our 2021 season. So, welcome back, Remy, keep on pushing and come to join us for your MotoGP adventure in 2022!”

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