The son of former Motorcycle 500cc World Champion Wayne Gardner will compete against younger half brother of nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi in the NSF100 European Cup Final, scheduled for the 22-24 October at the circuit de Albacete, Spain.
12-year old Remy Gardner (son of Wayne) will line up on the grid against fellow 12-year old Luca Marini (half brother of Valentino Rossi) in what promises to be an enthralling battle. Both will be riding identical machinery, the Honda NSF100, so the battle will be likely decided on pure rider merit alone!
Wayne Gardner and Valentino Rossi were from different eras of the sport and never had the chance to race each other on track. However, both have won world championships for Honda and know what it takes to become a champion at the highest level of the sport; knowledge they are sure to have imparted on their younger relations.
Luca Marini has been racing an NSF100 in the Italian NSF100 Championship and so is familiar with the racing machinery. Remy Gardner on the other hand will be making his road racing debut in the NSF100 European Cup Final event. Still too young to compete in road racing in his native Australia, Remy will be using this one-off weekend of competition as a spring board for his road racing career. The young Australian does however have 3 years dirt-track experience to his name and his been practising on the Moriwaki 80 in preparation for this event.
Luca has already showed his road racing promise competing in the Italian series and posting impressive results. He is one of 12 Italian riders competing in the NSF100 European Cup Final and is one of the favourites to take overall glory. His riding style has been likened to that of his half brother Valentino and his results are expected to soon start following the form of the most successful Grand Prix rider of a generation.
These two young riders could well be the world champions of the future but there will be 34 other riders on the grid who will have something to say about that and will be looking to take the scalp of a famous name early on in their career.
Remy Gardner, Honda NSF100 rider
“I’m so excited and I can’t wait until the race. Hopefully it will be a good learning experience for me, and it will be good to see what the competition is like over in Europe. I’ve been dreaming of going to Spain to race for a few years and finally that dream has come true thanks to Honda.”