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Remy Gardner could find himself without a bike in MotoGP next season after admitting his Tech3 team is still hopeful of handing the ride to Miguel Oliveira for 2023.

Oliveira, who lost his factory KTM bike to Jack Miller for next year, previously rejected offers to return to the satellite Tech3 team and has instead spent recent months negotiating with several other teams.

With Raul Fernandez having been given permission to leave KTM and expected to be announced by the RNF, Gardner’s place at Tech3 looks set to be confirmed even with the news that Pol Espargaro will join the team from 2023.

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However, Oliveira’s foray into the rider market for a factory-standard seat hasn’t been as smooth as he’d hoped, and the options have dwindled.

LCR Honda have signed Alex Rins to replace Alex Marquez, who in turn takes the seat of Innea Bastianini at Gresini, with Bastianini set for Pramac or the factory Ducati team.

With Honda close to securing the services of 2020 champion Joan Mir for next year, and the second LCR seat reserved for Honda’s junior riders, only the RNF has not made the cut.

However, the Malaysian team’s switch of allegiance to Aprilia next season comes with a contract to run year-old machinery, meaning the Portuguese rider will still have factory influence.

Meanwhile, KTM has confirmed that it will replace the Tech3 as a fake factory outfit for 2023, albeit with the updated RC16 bikes from KTM.

At the Austrian Grand Prix, KTM motorsport director Pete Beyer admitted he believes the change could be enough to keep Oliveira in the Austrian stable.


“We have not been able to confirm the second driver yet.” “There is still the possibility of keeping our friend Miguel in the family.

“We are repeating what we have proposed. We put it in the thread. We know that maybe it’s not a very easy opportunity, and maybe at first I don’t understand what the future holds [could] Bring it.

But if you see the bike today, it’s easier to talk about the future. [Gas Gas] We can name it project and factory group.

The renewed proposal appears to have caught Gardner by surprise, and speaking after the race, the 24-year-old’s hopes of sticking with the premiership ride are low.

“No it’s not [looking great for next year]Gardner said on “There doesn’t seem to be anything in MotoGP.

“KTM has done it again!” The team added in a reference to what appeared to be media promotion of itself and Raul Fernandez last season.

It’s not clear if Gardner’s subdued response is a sign that Oliveira is serious about keeping the seat, or that the team isn’t interested in keeping him because of the talent he’s pushing from Moto2.

KTM junior Augusto Fernandez is currently second in the intermediate championship and the Austrian brand has made him a future star despite qualifying for Moto2 rookie Pedro Acosta in 10th.

Gardner’s reigning Moto2 title-winning pedigree has fallen short of expectations, but the Aussie has had the Spanish firebrand team-mate Fernandez’s measure all year and is showing clear signs of improvement.

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Bearer also indicated that Gardner was satisfied with overcoming what he interpreted as an easing of the challenge of promotion to the Premier League earlier in the year, which in turn has seen improved results.

“He understands it’s not a different league; you have to work millimeter by millimetre,” he said. Motorsport Total.

The Aussie points to the engine as a major contributor to his low results, revealing that the RC16 was deeply inconsistent at the time.

If Gardner is axed from the team he helped lead to his Moto2 championship-winning campaign, questions will be asked about the influence of manager Paco Sanchez, who has reportedly fallen out with Bayer this year. Like “shit” money offered through KTM Contracts.

“What I’ve learned in the last two or three weeks is that it’s always important to talk directly to the drivers,” Beyer responded, per Speed ​​week. I’m just talking about some of the driver managers, they are the biggest blight on the paddock in recent years apart from Corona.

It’s unclear what Gardner’s next move will be if Tech3 or RNF aren’t options for next season.

At the beginning of this year, “If [KTM] Don’t look for me anymore, I’m just going to the Superbike World Championship.

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