Paco Sanchez is certainly the most-reviewed coach of the 2022 moto season. Having had to contend with long and exhausting negotiations to put Mallorca champion Joan Mir in Honda, instead of Paul Espargaro, and finding an “exit strategy” for Remy Gardner, the rookie Australian stayed out of KTM projects After less than a championship in the Top Class he won the 2021 Moto2 title.
Joan Mir and Negotiations with Honda
Some of the public statements made by Paco Sanchez, who claimed and proclaimed from the rooftops a very low salary for Gardner, were not well accepted by the leaders of the Austrian company. Likewise, negotiating the inclusion of Joan Mir to the Golden Pavilion is an equally complicated matter:Negotiations with Honda continued for a long time – Says in an interview with DAZN -. I started negotiating with them when Suzuki announced that he was leaving the world championships. Joanne’s priority was to sign with them for two years, and things went well at first, but some details slowed down. We were finally able to close, but I can’t give details“.
For the Suzuki rider, the MotoGP season wasn’t as good, even more challenging after the weekend and the IRTA test at Jerez, when news of the Japanese manufacturer’s farewell to the world championship spread like wildfire in a few hours. 8 retirements in 15 races, and an ankle injury that was treated at the Red Bull Ring further complicated the situation, forcing him to skip the Misano stage and lose before Aragon qualifications. In 2023, an even more difficult challenge awaits him: getting on the podium with a Honda RC-V that is going through a really complicated moment. Paco Sanchez is sure that the Human Rights Council will be able to solve its problems: “Honda is #1 in the world…They are going through a tough time, and I hope to have more information next year. If there is a team that can respond, it is Honda, they are strengthening with engineers from other brands or even from Formula 1“.
Gardner Jr. out of MotoGP
Conversely, Remy Gardner’s renewal talks with KTM have not been successful. The middle tier champion will move to WorldSBK with Team Yamaha Satellite. “Remy was a side victim of Suzuki’s farewell. It was impossible for us to find another bike when KTM told us they didn’t have one“, explained the Spanish director. The parties seemed to be on the verge of reaching an agreement, and then the leaders of Matighoven announced that they wanted to close cooperation with the Australian, citing dubious arguments … “The hit came in Austria when they called me for a meeting and told me they didn’t want to continue with Remy. They told me from “management” that Remy was unprofessional as the only explanation. In Jerez they told us they thought he wasn’t fast enough and that he was dressed inappropriately. Remy wore shorts and a team polo shirt“.
Remy Salta in Superbike
When the Red Bull-branded factory passed the verdict, it was impossible to find a free seat for the upcoming MotoGP season. Especially in light of the starting grid that will have two fewer bikes for Suzuki’s exit at the end of this championship. “When I was in Austria they informed me of the decision about Remy I was talking to other teams but no one could give Remy a chanceIn 2023, Wayne’s son will participate in the World Superbike where he will meet some of his former world championship teammates, such as Iker Lecuona, who also finished out of the KTM box without having time to prove his true worth.
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