Australian Moto2 star Remy Gardner has declared himself ready to step up to the MotoGP class.
The youngster, who remains with the SAG squad in 2020, is now approaching six feet tall and is outgrowing the middleweight class.
It is also his fourth season and the 22-year-old wants to move into the blue riband class for 2021 - but the rider market is a little static under the lockdown.
“My height, weight and physique really fit the MotoGP bike. I’ve also ridden superbike machines,” said Gardner.
“A few years ago I also competed in an IDM race on an R1. I remember having a very good time straight away. The bigger bikes suit me and I really feel like I’m ready.
“My goal is to ascend. But if there are no races, how can you show yourself? Will Dorna step in and say everything will stay the way it is for 2021? I dont know. That is hard. I also don’t know if the teams risk hiring a Moto2 rider after just one race in the 2020 season. Or will you look at previous results? I dont know.
“I recently read an article that Ducati is interested in Martin. A driver could lose his place without even racing in 2020. That could happen. Hopefully my manager can open some of these doors.”
Gardner was talking to our colleagues at Speedweek