MotoGP: Remy Gardner suffers motocross crash, undergoes surgery

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A motocross training crash over the weekend injured the wrist of 2021 Moto2 champion Remy Gardner. Described as a “small crack”, the injury nevertheless required surgery to insert two screws. Gardner is scheduled to make his MotoGP debut and race for Rookie of the Year honors with Tech 3 Racing in 2022.

The injury could keep him off his bike when MotoGP heads to Malaysia at the beginning of February for the second of four off-season tests, but the prognosis is positive for him to mount his KTM for the March season opener in Qatar.

“Following an incident during a motocross training session last Saturday, Remy had a small crack on the right wrist that required surgery,” the team said on Instagram. “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 No. 87 (rider) will be able to start his recovery process on Friday.”

Gardner earned the Moto2 championship by a slim four-point margin over teammate Raul Fernandez, who will also advance to the premier circuit and compete for rookie honors in 2022.

The 2021 season was a breakout performance for Gardner, who had a previous best points’ finish of sixth in 2020. Prior to that, he failed to crack the top 10 in his first four Moto2 seasons.

Gardner enters MotoGP with six wins in Moto2. Five of these were earned in 2021. He more than doubled his podium count with 12 in 18 rounds. Gardner earned four podiums in 2020 and one in 2019.

His last win of the 2021 season came in the penultimate round at Algarve, which provided the cushion needed for the championship. Gardner was 10th in the finale at Valencia.

In the first test in Spain on the Jerez Circuit in mid-November, Gardner landed 23rd on the speed chart after riding with sore ribs. Fernandez was two positions ahead of him on the chart, but more than a second faster.

Starting lineup grid for IMSA Petit Le Mans: Tom Blomqvist puts MSR on pole position

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship contender Tom Blomqvist put the Meyer Shank Racing Acura at the front of the starting lineup for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Road Atlanta.

Blomqvist turned a 1-minute, 8.55-second lap on the 2.54-mile circuit Friday to capture his third pole position for MSR this season. Earl Bamber qualified second in the No. 02 Cadillac for Chip Ganassi Racing.

Ricky Taylor was third in the No. 10 Acura of Wayne Taylor Racing, which enters Saturday’s season finale with a 19-point lead over the No. 60 of Blomqvist and Oliver Jarvis (who will be joined by Helio Castroneves) for the 10-hour race.

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With the pole, MSR sliced the deficit to 14 points behind WTR, which will field the trio of Taylor, Filipe Albuquerque and Brendon Hartley in Saturday’s race.

“We really needed to put the car in this kind of position,” Blomqvist said. “It makes our life a little less stressful tomorrow. It would have given the No. 10 a bit more breathing space. It’s going to be a proper dogfight tomorrow. The guys gave me such a great car. It’s been fantastic this week so far, and it really came alive. I’m hugely thankful to the boys and girls at MSR for giving me the wagon today to execute my job.

“That was a big effort from me. I knew how important it was. It’s just awesome for the guys to give them some sort of reward as well. It’s always nice to be quick. If you do the pole, you know you’ve got a quick car.”

Though WTR has a series-leading four victories with the No. 10, MSR won the Rolex 24 at Daytona and has five runner-up finishes along with its three poles.

The strong performances of the ARX-05s ensure that an Acura will win the final championship in IMSA’s premier Daytona Prototype international (DPi) division, which is being rebranded as Grand Touring Prototype in the move to LMDh cars next season.

Taylor qualified third despite sliding into the Turn 5 gravel during the closing minutes of qualifying while pushing to gain points.

“Qualifying was important for points,” Taylor said. “Going into it, if we outqualified the No. 60 Meyer Shank Acura, they had a lot to lose in terms of championship points. So, we were trying to increase the gap over 20 points which would’ve made a big difference for tomorrow. We would have loved to get the pole and qualify ahead of the No. 60, but in the scheme of the points, it didn’t change a whole lot. I’m feeling good since it’s such a long race, and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Acura team does such a good job strategizing and putting us in a good position.

“I’m very confident in our lineup and our team compared to them over the course of 10 hours. I’d put my two teammates up against those guys any day. I think we are all feeling optimistic and strong for tomorrow.”

In other divisions, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports (LMP2), Riley Motorsports (LMP3), VasserSullivan (GTD Pro) and Paul Miller Racing (GTD) captured pole positions.

The broadcast of the 10-hour race will begin Saturday at 12:10-3 p.m. ET on NBC, moving at 7 p.m. to USA Network. Peacock will have flag-to-flag coverage.


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