Solid P11 for Remy on Imola race debut
GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team’s Remy Gardner recovered to 11th in Race 1 at Imola, showing consistent race pace despite his lack of familiarity with the circuit, while teammate Dominique Aegerter was forced to retire with four laps to go as the clutch of his bike began to slip in the latter stages of the race.
The riders returned to action in Saturday morning’s Free Practice 3 to clock more laps on Italian soil and keep building their knowledge of the technical track, and both managed to improve their pace. Remy finished 7th on a 1’47.128, with Aegerter 16th (1’47.817).
Afterwards, the GYTR GRT Yamaha duo felt confident to attack the Tissot Superpole qualifier, although eventually the #77 and the #87 couldn’t manage more than 12th (1’46.973) and 16th (1’47.296) respectively.
In Race 1, Remy and his teammate did their best to recover as many places as possible. The Australian dropped a couple of positions at the beginning due to an excursion in the gravel trap but he came on strong in the latter stages of the race to recover from P18 to P11.
“Track conditions were very hot, definitely not easy to manage over the course of the 19-lap race. Unfortunately, I made a few mistakes dropping some positions in the opening laps, but afterwards our pace was not so bad and we managed to comeback to P11 and earn valuable points. I’m also happy I could fight until the very end, I hope we can make further progress tomorrow.”