Remy Gardner to race in Spanish Moto3 with Moriwaki
21 November 2011 10:50
13-year-old Remy Gardner will race a Moriwaki MD250GP3 (Moriwaki Dream 250cc GP3) in next year’s Spanish CEV Buckler Moto3 national championship.
It will be a 30-year old Gardner/Moriwaki reunion - Remy’s dad, Wayne raced the Japanese firm’s factory superbike and F1 machines in the early 80s, before going on to Grand Prix, where he won the 1987 500cc GP championship on a Rothmans Honda NSR500.
Wayne Gardner’s youngest son, 11-year old Luca will also be racing in Spain, riding a pre-GP Moriwaki MD250H in the Mediterranean Championship later in the year, as the Gardner family relocate across the globe from Australia to Barcelona.
Remy also raced in the Mediterranean Championship this year and finished second overall in his debut season in road racing, as well as clinching the Australian Junior Dirt Track title.
“The time has come for Gardner and Moriwaki to reunite through the second generation”, said Mamoru Moriwaki.
“I’m very excited to be working with Wayne san again, and now also with Remy san and Luca san. We hope to build more history between our two families, and now with the new Moto 2 and Moto 3 rules allowing chassis manufacturers entry into GPs, we can work together to go all the way to the top,” he added.
An excited Wayne Gardner said, “this is an outstanding and timely opportunity for Remy and Luca, but more than that, there is so much significant history between myself and the Moriwaki family. I’m overwhelmed that Mamoru believes in our ability to help develop his new Moto 3 chassis.
"Remy has proven he is skilled in providing solid and useful feedback to his engineers, and with my guidance and Moriwaki’s incredible knowledge I believe we will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.”
Mamoru Moriwaki discovered Wayne in 1980 while scouting for talent in Australia at the 1980 Swan Series at Sandown.
He then launched Wayne to the world at Daytona in the US in February 1981, followed by a full season racing in the UK Superbike and F1 Championships as Moriwaki’s factory rider.
The following year Wayne was signed by Honda Britain and the rest is history.