Remy Gardner is in a race against time to be fit for the first 2022 MotoGP World Championship pre-season test after fracturing his wrist in a motocross accident.
The newly crowned Moto2 World Champion – son of 1987 500GP World Champion – graduates to the premier class in 2022 after securing a deal with the Tech 3 KTM team as one of five rookies to make their debut this year.
However, Gardner’s preparations have taken a blow after an accident while motocross training resulted in a fracture to his wrist.
Attending the renowned Dexeus Hospital in Barcelona – a specialist center where the majority of riders undergo surgery – Gardner was operated on by Doctor Xavier Mir.
“Following an incident during a motocross training session last Saturday, Remy had a small crack on the right wrist that required surgery,” read a post on the Tech 3 Racing Instagram channel.
“Remy was operated on today in Barcelona by Doctor Mir who placed two screws to help him recover. The operation was a success, and we are relieved to announce that our number #87 will be able to start his recovery process on Friday. Thank you Doctor Mir, and get well soon champ.”
He is now beginning rehabilitation on the injury to be fit in time to take part in the first MotoGP test in Sepang on 22 February.
Gardner swept to the 2021 Moto2 World Championship with four victories, narrowly edging out rookie and team-mate Raul Fernandez, whom he will be partnered with again in the Tech 3 team for 2022 in MotoGP.
They will be joined by fellow rookies Fabio di Giannantonio (Gresini Ducati), Marco Bezzecchi (VR46 Ducati) and Darryn Binder (RNF Yamaha) in making their debuts this season.