Remy Gardner would have known that stepping up to MotoGP was always going to be tough, but he admits that he and KTM had higher expectations for this season than what they have managed to achieve so far.
A difficult campaign has seen only three weekends provide points so far in 2022, with an 11th-placed finish last time out in Barcelona proving his best result so far.
Heading into the German Grand Prix weekend at the Sachsenring, he’ll be hoping that he can try and build on that but after an up and down year it remains to be seen if that is what is going to play out.
Indeed, he admits that he wanted to be doing a bit better than he has so far but the Tech3 KTM ultimately has its limitations compared to his competitors, and it remains to be seen what happens for 2023:
“I didn’t go out and expect to win,” Gardner said to MotoGP.com.
LAGOA, ALGARVE, PORTUGAL – NOVEMBER 07: Remy Gardner of Australia and Red Bull KTM Ajo celebrates the victory on the podium during the Moto2 race during the MotoGP Of Portugal – Race on November 07, 2021 in Lagoa, Algarve, Faro. (Photo by Mirco Lazzari gp/Getty Images)
“But I definitely expected to at least fight for the rookie of the year. For sure, the expectations were a little bit higher than what we are achieving at the moment.
“There were for sure some points this year where it was quite frustrating. In the end you have to have the mindset where you can accept the situation and try to make the best of it.
“At the moment there’s nothing else we can do. I can’t go out and buy a Ducati and ride a Ducati. I ride the KTM at the moment.
“I think everyone has made an incredible step as manufacturers and I don’t think we managed to make that step this year. I’m trying to work as best as I can with KTM. I would love to stay in this paddock but at the moment I honestly don’t know.”
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