Remy Gardner – one up on his father…
Central Coast Junior Motorcycle Club: Remy Gardner walked away with his first Australian Dirt Track Championship today after leading all six laps of the 85cc 2-stroke-150cc 4-stroke (standard wheel) race for 11-13 year olds on his Honda CRF150RB. Remy was elated to have achieved something his World 500cc Motorcycle Champion Dad Wayne Gardner never did.
Proud Dad Wayne said, “I knew this was the last chance for Remy to take a Junior Dirt Track Championship before we move to Spain, but we didn’t have too many expectations as he’s only done about four Dirt Track events this year, and apart from being out of practice we haven’t had much time to work on the bikes. As always, I’m very proud of how he’s handled himself this weekend and I think he’s represented Team Gardner racing and all of his sponsors very well.”
The three-day weekend started well on Friday afternoon with practice and testing sessions. It was a great opportunity for Remy to get back up to speed on his dirt track bikes after a year of concentrating on road racing in Spain and Australia.
He was still fine tuning bike set up on Saturday, and it looked like he would have a stronger showing on his Honda CR85 2-stroke on big wheels, while the CRF150RB on standard
wheels needed a bit of work. After three heats on Saturday he finished in fifth place overall on the CRF150RB and second overall on the CR85.
On Sunday morning, with rain threatening, Remy completed the fifth and final heat on both bikes, finishing third on his CRF150RB and first on the CR85. Although the field of
talented young riders was close, Team Gardner felt confident Remy could do well on the CR85, but weren’t sure how he’d finish up on the CRF150RB.
His first final of the day was on the CRF150RB in the standard wheel class. He got the hole shot out of the gate and fired into a lead he wasn’t prepared to give up, fighting all the way to the finish line in first place. Tears flowed in Team Gardner’s pits as it dawned that this was Remy’s last year of Australian Dirt Track competition, before the family relocates to Spain in January 2012. Remy finished in front of Zaine Kennedy from Queensland in second, and Max Crocker from New South Wales in third.
One more race was to follow in the big wheel class, but an average start put Remy on the back foot, and as he fought his way from sixth to fourth in the first lap, a mistaken touch of the rear tyre on another bike sent him tumbling and finished his race. It was the class he’d felt most confident with, but in the end things didn’t work out that way.
“We’ve talked about this weekend for a few weeks now, and didn’t really expect to take home a title after being away from Dirt Track for so long. But secretly I really wanted to win an Aussie Title before we move to Spain because Dad never won one and I wanted to do something he hasn’t done,” said Remy after the race.
The Honda Tumit Motorcycle Accessories Australian Junior Dirt Track Championships were hugely successful with over 170 riders in 18 different classes. Whilst the riders had to
contend with unpredictable weather conditions, ranging from hot and humid to rain and mud, the junior competitors took it all in their stride and rode to win. It was a great example of Australian kids competing hard to take home a national title and something Remy and Luca Gardner will miss when they relocate to Spain in January 2012.