KTM have announced that Remy Gardner will step-up to MotoGP for 2022 with the Tech 3 team.

The Australian will compete in the premier class nearly three decades after his father Wayne Gardner retired in 1992. 

Gardner is also the first rider confirmed at the Tech 3 KTM squad for next season, as it remains to be seen who will line-up alongside the Australian. 

"I’m extremely happy that KTM have given me this opportunity. It’s a dream come true for me and what we have worked for up until this point," said Gardner. 

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"It’s an incredible chance for me and I cannot wait to ride the bike. I just want to thank KTM for believing in me. Right now we need to focus on finishing 2021 in a strong way. 

"I want to thank also everyone who has supported me to reach MotoGP. We’re just getting started."

Gardner’s elevation to MotoGP means Australia will have two riders competing in the top class for the first time since 2009 with Casey Stoner and Chris Vermeulen. 

Gardner has two wins in Moto2 so far including last weekend’s Mugello Grand Prix where he pipped team-mate Raul Fernandez on the final lap. Gardner has a six point lead in the championship over his rookie team-mate, and is over a win ahead of Marco Bezzecchi in third.

KTM Motorsport Director, Pit Beirer has also spoken about the news, saying: "It’s a real pleasure for us to bring Remy to MotoGP next season because we knew about his speed and ability for Moto2 and he has confirmed that potential. 

"We believe there is much more to come from him and it’s important he has this opportunity to keep growing. 

"Remy is a typical racer. He’s super-determined and never gives up. He’s exciting to watch and we’re looking forward to working with him in this next step. 

"Again, we’re also showing that the KTM GP Academy can give the right opportunity for riders that want to go all the way."