Remy takes P15 in Barcelona Race 1

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Remy Gardner struggled for traction from the notoriously low-grip track in Race 1 at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, finishing 15th.

The GYTR GRT Yamaha riders returned to action in the morning with a strong final free practice session with both enjoying a good feeling with the R1; with Remy fourth overall just a 0.3 seconds back.

Following the strong FP3, the duo were confident to attack in qualifying. A fastest lap of 1’40.100 saw teammate Aegerter secure a second row start in sixth position and top Yamaha on the grid. Just a few thousandths slower, Remy would start eighth with a time of 1’40.131.

As the race begun, the Swiss and Aussie riders encountered a difficult getaway, dropping positions at the start, finding themselves tenth and ninth in the early stages. The GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team tried then to recover places showing promising speed. Remy struggled with grip in the final stages, dropping to 15th at the checkered flag.

Remy Gardner – Superpole: P8 / Race 1. P15

“It definitely wasn’t the result we were hoping for. The morning was promising, showing good speed and I felt we could fight for the front. Then, in the Tissot Superpole qualifier, I managed to be faster than the lap record missing out on a second row start for just few thousandths of a second. To start from eighth wasn’t ideal, but not too bad. The early stages of Race 1 were hectic, but I was fighting with those around thinking I could stay with the group until the end. Unfortunately, I had a massive drop with the tyre life and struggled with grip in the second part of the race, something that I haven’t experience with any other tyre over the weekend, so I think the rear tyre had a problem, in the last laps I was very slow, for me this is not normal. We’ll now check what happened and make our best to bounce back tomorrow, hoping that it won’t happen again.”