Remy third on day one at Assen

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Remy Gardner was third quickest as the GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team returned to action at the iconic TT circuit Assen for the third round of the FIM Superbike World Championship.

A wet start to Free Practice 1 saw both Remy and team-mate Dominique Aegerter sit out the first 15 minutes of the session, before venturing out as the track started to dry. The duo showed good speed on their Yamaha R1 machines, placing fourth (1’36.282) and 11th (1’36.602) respectively.

In the afternoon’s Free Practice 2, which started in dry conditions, both riders were able to improve their performance with quick lap times in the first half of the session. Remy put himself into the top three with a 1’35.827 before a red flag halted the session as circuit staff re-positioned a safety fence. Unfortunately, rain would start to fall during the stoppage meaning no further lap time improvement was possible. Nevertheless, Remy headed out on wet tyres for further practice given the unpredictable weather forecast for the rest of the weekend.

Remy Gardner

“It was not an easy day with the weather, but we enjoyed some valuable track time on slick tyres even though the tarmac was not still completely dry. Conditions were tougher in the afternoon with the wind, but we managed to improve and that’s a positive thing, although there’s still work to do. We’ll try to get more laps on the SCX tire in the FP3 if we have a dry session, but I liked the feeling during the few laps I did in the FP2. Races and qualifying won’t be an easy deal anyway with the weather changing so quickly, we should be ready for everything.”