Yamaha has confirmed that Remy Gardner will participate in this weekend’s German MotoGP round at the Sachsenring. Gardner, the 2021 Moto2 champion, will be filling in for Alex Rins, who is sidelined due to injury.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

This marks Gardner’s first MotoGP appearance since his 2022 season with KTM Tech3, after which he transitioned to the Superbike World Championship.

“First of all, I hope Alex can have a fast recovery and I wish him the best,” said Gardner. “I’m really excited about this challenge. I just want to say ‘Thank you so much’ to Yamaha for trusting me to ride this weekend. I will use it as a great experience to learn. It’s a new bike, and coming back to MotoGP for one race is always a nice experience, so I’m looking forward to enjoying this weekend, and I’m just extremely happy for this opportunity. Once again, a big ‘Thank you’ to Yamaha.”

Rins suffered injuries after a highside crash at the Dutch Grand Prix, resulting in surgery on his right wrist and ankle. With the upcoming MotoGP summer break, Gardner is expected to ride for just this one weekend with Monster Energy Yamaha.

Team Manager Massimo Meregalli commented, “First of all, let me start by saying that the team is relieved that Alex’s surgery went well and that the injuries he sustained in the highside are not more serious. We all wish him a speedy recovery, and we hope to welcome him back soon.

“Secondly, we are thankful to Remy Gardner and the GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK team that he can join us at the Sachsenring on such short notice. We are sure that this will be an interesting experience for him, but the team will do everything we can to make him feel welcome and supported throughout this weekend’s steep learning curve. The Sachsenring is quite peculiar: it’s narrow and has a lot of left-handers. It’s difficult to overtake there, so a place in Q2 is even more valuable here than usual. We expect that this will be challenging, but we are intending to do whatever we can to collect as much data as possible before the summer break.”

The decision to field a replacement rider highlights Yamaha’s need for as much track time as possible, especially given the absence of a satellite team until Pramac Racing joins at season’s end. Test rider Cal Crutchlow’s recent surgery also adds to the challenges.

Gardner is currently seventh in the WSBK championship standings in his second season with the GRT Yamaha team.

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Header photo credit: Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP

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