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MotoGP 2023 grid complete as Fernandez joins Tech 3

The next seat at the rebranded Tech 3 GasGas squad for 2023 has been shared for quite a while, with Fernandez, who does not have any regards to current Tech 3 rider Raul Fernandez, strongly from the ride.

This is only heightened when Remy Gardner told media at the San Marino Grand Prix he was informed by KTM that there is room for him at Tech3 for not “being professional enough”.

Reported by the other day, KTM has officially announced current Moto2 standings leader Fernandez will ride for Tech3 in 2023.

“Wow, that is amazing: in order to make the jump to MotoGP with GASGAS,” Fernandez said.

“I wish to thank everyone in the racing structure around me for several their support since i have signed with the Red Bull KTM Ajo team this past year. I’m really happy. It is a dream.

“We still have work to accomplish in Moto2 and I wish to choose the title and visit the MotoGP class which next challenge – in the perfect way.”

Tech 3 boss Herve Poncharal says he’s got been thinking about Fernandez for quite a while and wished to bring him to MotoGP 2 yrs ago.

Augusto Fernandez, GASGAS Factory Racing

Augusto Fernandez, GASGAS Factory Racing

Photo by: GasGas Factory Racing

“I have already been following Augusto for a couple seasons now and we already discussed upgrading to the bigger class 2 yrs ago but he had not been ready yet for the big jump,” Poncharal said.

“Whenever we met again recently, it appeared clear he was ready to arrived at MotoGP.

“I’m worked up about next season because our garage could have a variety of experience and youth through Pol and Augusto.

“They’re both Spanish and can work in a confident and constructive way which is what we’ve been searching for.

“Welcome to MotoGP Augusto, keep calm and concentrate on your Moto2 championship. We are looking forward to you inside our garage on Tuesday following a Valencia GP for the first MotoGP test.”

Fernandez has won four races in Moto2 this season with Ajo KTM and leads the standings by four points.

Gardner will proceed to World Superbikes next year with Yamaha after signing a deal to become listed on GRT, while Raul Fernandez will move across to RNF Aprilia.

Earlier this week Honda confirmed Takaaki Nakagami will stay with LCR for 2023, as the VR46 duo of Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi will remain put.

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