Today at Intermot 2012, Honda unveiled the CRF450 Rally, the machine it plans to enter in the 2013 Dakar Rally, marking the manufacturer’s return to the race after more than two decades. Honda has competed nine times from 1981 in the forerunner of the present Dakar Rally, the Paris-Dakar Rally. Cyril Neveu of France took Honda […]
Wayne Gardner and Moriwaki Reunite for Second Generation of Racers
Former Grand Prix World Champion Wayne Gardner is turning to a familiar team to help his sons’ racing careers.
In 1981, then 22-year-old Australian racer Gardner teamed up with Moriwaki Engineering, competing in the United Kingdom as well as racing in the Daytona 200.
For Gardner, Moriwaki opened the door to an international racing career that produced 18 Grand Prix victories and the 1987 500cc World Championship.
30 years later, Gardner is reuniting with Moriwaki to support his two sons, Remy and Luca Gardner. The Gardner family is relocating from Australia to Spain, as the two brothers will form Moriwaki’s official European factory team.
Remy Gardner will compete in Spain’s CEV road racing championship riding the Moriwaki MD250GP3, helping develop a chassis Moriwaki hopes will be used in the Moto3 World Championship series. The 13-year-old raced this past season in the Mediterranean Championship, finishing second overall in just his first season of road racing.
11-year-old Luca Gardner will replace his older brother in the Mediterranean Championship’s pre-GP class, riding the Moriwaki MD250H. In 2011, Luca competed in Australia’s Motorcycle Road Racing Development Association junior championship.
“This is an outstanding and timely opportunity for Remy and Luca, but more than that, there is so much significant history between myself and the Moriwaki family,” says Wayne Gardner. “I’m overwhelmed that Mamoru believes in our ability to help develop his new Moto 3 chassis. Remy has proven he is skilled in providing solid and useful feedback to his engineers, and with my guidance and Moriwaki’s incredible knowledge I believe we will be a force to be reckoned with in the future.”
[Source: Team Gardner]