Moto2: Remy Gardner joins the Red Bull KTM Ajo team for 2021

The Red Bull KTM Ajo team have announced the signing of Remy Gardner for the 2021 Moto2 season. 

The 22-year-old, son of 1987 500cc world champion Wayne Gardner, will link up with the official KTM-backed team, which is considered to be one of the best on the Moto2 grid. 

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Gardner has been in Moto2 since 2016 and has been improving year-on-year. The Australian secured his maiden podium at the Argentinian Grand Prix in 2019, finishing second for the ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team.

Gardner secured his second Moto2 podium at the Styrian GP this season and has also picked up a fifth and a seventh in 2020. Gardner missed the San Marino GP at Misano after breaking his thumb and suffering three fractures to his left foot during the warm-up session.

“I am very happy to be signing this contract for the team of my dreams,” Gardner said. “I am proud to be part of the Red Bull and KTM family, and of Aki’s structure. I want to thank all of them for giving me this opportunity for 2021.

“I also thank all those who have helped me to get here. I can’t wait to start working with them next year and I hope that together we can do some amazing things.”

The Ajo Motorsport squad is a good place to be for riders who have MotoGP aspirations. Both Brad Binder and Miguel Oliveira, MotoGP race winners with KTM this year, raced for the team in Moto2 on their way up through the classes. Oliveira and Binder finished second in the championship in 2018 and 2019 respectively.

“I’m very happy to have Remy in our project next year, Ajo said. “He is a young talent, but at the same time he has extensive experience in the FIM World Championship. This combination of abilities is perfect for our project of developing riders. We are looking forward to working together next season. I know that Remy has something special compared to the rest of the competitors: he has great talent, a good feel for the bike and is a born fighter.

“I hope that, as a team, we can give him a boost during the season for the style that comes naturally to him. I am personally very excited to have Remy with us, and about what 2021 has in store.”

The Red Bull KTM Ajo team switched to Kalex for 2020 following KTM’s decision to withdraw from Moto2 as a manufacturer. Their riders for this year’s campaign are Tetsuta Nagashima and Jorge Martin, with the latter being heavily linked with a move to Pramac Ducati in MotoGP.

Meanwhile, the Moto3 Red Bull KTM Tech3 team have confirmed today that they will keep the same line-up next year, with Deniz Öncü and Ayumu Sasaki staying with the team.