News 5 Jun 2023

'I didn't feel 100 percent physically after the crash' - Gardner

Yamaha rider manages two top 10 WorldSBK finishes at Misano.

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Australia’s Remy Gardner was brought down heavily in the Superpole race but was able to rebound in the final Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) encounter at Misano to score another top 10 result, despite not feeling 100 percent physically.

Prior to Sunday’s action, Gardner finished ninth in Saturday’s race one, just shy of a top-eight result behind Team HRC’s Iker Lecuona.

The number 87’s charge in the superpole race was brought to an early end, when GYTR GRT Yamaha teammate Dominique Aegerter was hit by Danilo Petrucci (Barni Spark Racing Team) which brought Gardner down in the process.

After a trip to the medical centre, Gardner lined up for race two and took the chequered flag in tenth position, edging his teammate Aegerter for the result.

“What happened in the Tissot Superpole Race was a pity, we had a good start and I felt good with the SCQ tyre and reckoned we could have done a good race to gain a better position on the grid,” Gardner explained. “Unfortunately, we didn’t get past turn two and personally I didn’t feel 100 percent physically after the crash. Anyway, we tried our best and we saved some points, let’s focus on Donington ahead.”

The sixth round of the 2023 Superbike World Championship takes place at Donington Park between 30 June and 02 July, and Gardner is currently 12th in the title race on 59 points.