Paco Sanchez is certainly the most talked about rider manager in the 2022 MotoGP season. He had to face long and exhausting negotiations to place the Majorcan champion Joan Mir in Honda, in place of Pol Espargarò, and find an “exit strategy” for Remy Gardner, rookie Australian remained out of the KTM projects after less than a championship in Top Class and having won the 2021 Moto2 title.
Joan Mir and the negotiation with Honda
The leaders of the Austrian company have not well accepted certain public statements by Paco Sanchez, who has claimed and proclaimed from the rooftops a salary that was too low for Gardner. Equally complicated is the negotiation to bring Joan Mir under the Golden Wing: “Negotiations with Honda lasted a long time – he says in an interview with DAZN -. I started negotiating with them when Suzuki announced that he was leaving the World Championship. Joan’s priority was to sign with them for two years, it went well at first, but was slowed down by some details. We have finally managed to close, but I cannot give details“.
For the Suzuki rider it was not a good MotoGP season, even more uphill after the weekend and the IRTA test in Jerez, when the news of the Japanese manufacturer’s farewell to the World Championship spread like wildfire in a few hours. 8 retirements in 15 races, the ankle injury remedied at the Red Bull Ring further complicated the situation, forcing him to skip the Misano stage and forfeit before qualifying at Aragon. In 2023 he is awaited by an even more difficult challenge: to get on the podium with a Honda RC-V that is going through a really complicated moment. Paco Sanchez is certain that HRC will be able to solve his problems: “Honda is number 1 in the world… They are going through a difficult time, I hope to have more information next year. If there is a team that can react it is Honda, it is strengthening with engineers from other brands or even from Formula 1“.
Gardner jr. outside the MotoGP
Conversely, Remy Gardner’s renewal talks with KTM were not successful. The middle class champion will move to WorldSBK with the Yamaha satellite team. “Remy was a side victim of Suzuki’s farewell. It was impossible for us to find another bike when KTM informed us that they didn’t have one“, Explained the Spanish manager. The two parties seemed close to an agreement, then the leaders of Mattighofen announced that they wanted to close the collaboration with the Australian, citing dubious arguments … “The blow came in Austria when they called me to a meeting and told me they didn’t want to continue with Remy. From the “management” they told me that Remy was unprofessional as the only explanation. In Jerez they told us they thought he wasn’t fast enough and that he was inappropriately dressed. Remy wore shorts and a team polo shirt“.
Remy jumps into Superbike
When the Red Bull-branded manufacturer gave the sentence it was impossible to find a free seat for the next MotoGP season. Especially in light of a starting grid that will feature two less bikes for Suzuki’s exit at the end of this championship. “When in Austria they informed me of the decision on Remy I was talking to other teams, but no one could give Remy a chance“. In 2023 Wayne’s son will participate in the Superbike world championship where he will meet some former colleagues of the World Championship, such as Iker Lecuona, who also finished out of the KTM box without really having the time to prove his true worth.
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