Remy Gardner, son of 1987 500cc world champion Wayne Gardner, is to make his grand prix debut at Misano this weekend.

The 16-year-old Australian (pictured with Wayne in 2012) usually races in the Spanish CEV Moto3 series for Calvo KTM, but has been called up by the Kiefer Kalex KTM team to replace the injured Luca Grunwald.

"I wasn't expecting to be on a GP bike this weekend to be honest, but it's the perfect way to prepare for Phillip Island in October," Gardner said.

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"It's always unfortunate when someone is injured and can't compete, but I'm going to grab the opportunity with both hands and make the most of it.

"I'm hoping to learn as much as I can this weekend and it will be great experience for me. I'm not going to put any pressure on myself. As long as I know I've done my best I'll be satisfied. "

Gardner is currently eleventh in the CEV standings, with one podium. He is also due to ride as a wild-card in his home Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island in October.

"It will be awesome racing in Australia. I haven't actually ridden a Moto3 bike around the Phillip Island Circuit yet, so it will be a challenge," Gardner added.

"I'm counting on taking the CEV experience I've built up and putting it to good use at Phillip Island. Hopefully, it will be another step towards racing in the GPs full-time next year, but I'm under no illusions that I've got to step up a lot of things to make that happen, from my fitness, to the mental side, as well as my riding."

Wayne Gardner is confident that his son is ready for the challenge.

"It's hard to believe that 25 years on I'll be returning to Phillip Island with my own son racing. It will be a proud moment for him and the rest of my family," he said. "I think he'll go well at Phillip Island, and I've got a few tips I can give him without overloading his brain."

Dakota Mamola, son of Gardner's former rival Randy Mamola, made his grand prix debut as a replacement in the Moto2 class last time at Silverstone.


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Well, if he is half as aggressive as his dad was, watch out Jack Miller!