Wayne Gardner’s highly rated son Remy has signed a deal to compete in the 2011 Spanish CMV series.
The son of the 1987 world 500cc champion and former MCN Man of the Year has penned a deal with the Monlau Competición team in the pre-GP 125 series.
The team is run by former 125GP world champion Emilio Alzamora and helped launch the career of Spanish starlet Marc Marquez, who won the 2010 125GP title in record-breaking fashion.
Gardner said: “The series is essentially a feeder category for Grand Prix racing, so it's an amazing opportunity and one we definitely couldn't turn down. Remy couldn't have signed with a better team.
The Barcelona-based outfit is directed by former 125cc World Champion Emilio Alzamora and has produced a string of top class riders including reigning 125cc world champion Marc Marquez. You can't get much better than that.
"Although Remy is only relatively new to road racing, I really think he's ready for the challenge. If he is to make the eventual progression to GPs - which is what he really wants - he needs to start the journey now and he's very lucky we're in a position to make that happen.
"It's all about learning, coming to grips with the bike and getting a feel for demanding Spanish circuits including Albacete, Catalunya and Valencia. He'll also have to get used to the demands of racing at an extremely high level against the sport's future stars.
"While it's definitely an amazing opportunity, at the same time I'm a little nervous and apprehensive. The risk of injuries and accidents is obviously a real concern, so I'll be stressing a sensible and progressive approach to the whole campaign.
"I'll also be on hand for every race, doing my best to guide and coach Remy through the whole process.”