Remy takes the best from tricky Sunday in opening Phillip Island round

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Remy Gardner and and teammate Dominique Aegerter showed great potential on Sunday in Australia, eventually finishing sixth and seventh in the sprint race battling for the podium. In Race 2, despite facing misfortunes, both scored valuable points, with Remy taking 12th.

In the Tissot Superpole Race, Remy enjoyed a decent start, joining the battle for the podium. After producing astonishing moves throughout, the Home Hero would battle his way to a solid sixth place finish, with his team-mate Aegerter just behind in seventh showing strong race pace.

After a long delay due to track conditions, Race 2 finally got underway at 17:15 local time. Starting from sixth and seventh on the grid, both riders had a solid start, joining for one more time the battle for a place on the rostrum.

Unfortunately, after three laps Remy couldn’t avoid colliding with Jonathan Rea’s stricken (Pata Prometeon Yamaha) R1, when the British rider crashed in front of him, which also caused a red-flag stoppage.

Because of the collision, Remy dropped to last place and had to restart from there. At the restart, he gave it all in a shortened 11-lap contest, producing a superb comeback as well to finish 12th despite not optimal bike conditions following the collision.

Remy Gardner

“Well, this weekend wasn’t meant to be. We had some good fights in the sprint race and the pace was there, unfortunately we couldn’t finish inside the top three even though we had great speed. I felt we could make another try in Race 2, but I couldn’t avoid Jonathan’s (Rea) bike and I ended up having some damage. The red flag gave us another chance, but I had to restart from the back of the grid. I think this is not good, but rules are rules. Although the guys made a fantastic job on making me able to go out again, the bike was not completely okay but we were still able to score valuable points. It’s a bit a shame that we couldn’t convert our race potential, but we have to take the positives from the weekend; speed was there and we made a great job, head down to Barcelona for the second round of the season.”