Remy Gardner has ‘good chat’ with Darryn Binder after Qatar MotoGP quarrel

Remy Gardner reveals he has had a word with Darry Binder after the Moto2 World Champion criticised his fellow rookie for his riding standards in Qatar

Remy Gardner, Darryn Binder

Remy Gardner says he has had the conversation he was seeking with fellow MotoGP rookie Darryn Binder after a fracas during the Qatar opener led to some choice comments from both the Australian and his father, Wayne Gardner.

The 2021 Moto2 World Champion won the battle of the rookies in Lusail with a run to 15th on the Tech 3 KTM but not before engaging in a fierce battle with Binder, who turned heads with a gritty performance in his first race since making the step from Moto3.

However, it was a fight that irked Gardner, saying ‘these are really not Moto3 bikes here, so he doesn't have to ride like a monkey’, while 1987 500 GP World Champion Wayne Gardner chimed in by suggesting the South African needs to ‘show more respect’ in on-track tussles.

The quotes went on to draw a vocal response from fans, but ahead of the Indonesian MotoGP Gardner reveals he did indeed go ahead and discuss his qualms with Binder, though he insisted it was not an argument.

“I spoke to Darryn after the Doha race,” he said. “It was a good conversation. He said the motorcycle rode with him, not he rode the bike. I replied that I could see it. He should drive half a second slower in the future, that would be better for him too. It was a good chat.

“As a rookie, I also listen to the boys and pick up everything. I keep my eyes and ears open. It was the first race in MotoGP for us and somehow understandable. We didn't argue, it was conversation.”