Recovering Remy takes a superb seventh in Race 2 at Mandalika
GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team’s Remy Gardner finished in an astonishing seventh place from a start position at the back of the grid in Race 2 in Mandalika.
Remy was declared fit to race on Sunday morning after gastroenteritis ruled him out of Saturday’s action, and he returned to action in the Warm Up session. The #87 was clearly not feeling 100%, but he showed a lot of grit to set the sixth fastest time.
Unfortunately, due to missing Saturday’s track action, he was forced to start the race from last place on the grid, but the Aussie was prepared to battle. With both riders enjoying a decent getaway, and was sitting in ninth before a red flag stopped the Superpole race.
The GYTR GRT Yamaha rider had to restart from 22nd for an eight-lap race, getting stuck in and ready to fight for a better position despite the ‘sprint’ nature of the race. Remy recovered eight positions to cross the line in 14th.
In the final race of the weekend, Remy showed fantastic race pace to put himself in contention for the top five in the latter stage of the race, which also had a red-flag stoppage. At the finish line, he brought home an extremely impressive seventh-place finish, despite being far from optimal physical condition.
“Honestly, I wasn’t sure I could race today, but we made it! We tried our best in the Tissot Superpole Race, managing to recover eight positions. Afterwards, in Race 2, we also showed great speed, starting once again from last. We must take the positives and look forward to the next rounds; we saw we have the speed, we’ll keep working. Let’s focus on some rest now, use the time to recover fully, and then we’ll think about what’s next for us.”