News 31 Jul 2023

Most uplift sees Gardner equal WorldSBK best

Australian started on the front row for first time in rookie season.

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A promising uplift at the Czech round of the 2023 Superbike World Championship saw Remy Gardner equal his best result of the season to date in P6.

Mixed weather was a factor across the weekend and Gardner narrowly missed the fastest time on Friday by 0.012s to conclude the opening day of practice in P2.

On Saturday Gardner posted the fourth fastest time in a strong superpole showing, but was later elevated to P3 on the grid for race one after a results revision by race direction.

Rainfall prior to the opening race saw the outing declared wet, with Gardner opting to start the encounter on full wet tyres. Unfortunately, that tyre call didn’t work out (Jonathan Rea won the race starting on intermidiates) with Gardner having to pit as the track dried to change tyres. The number 87 was able to savage P11.

In the superpole race, Gardner made his way past Alex Lowes (Kawasaki Racing Team) on the final lap to secure P6, before later taking the chequered flag again in that position during the final bout.

“Overall it’s been a very positive weekend,” recalled Gardner. “Today I managed to stay up the front in the superpole race and have consistent speed, and then in race two I could see the pack leaders and I felt good with a strong rhythm.

“In the last part of the race the tyres started to drop, and I felt I was on the limit, we used them up a bit too much and the other guys preserved theirs better. Anyway, this weekend is a confidence boost for us and hopefully we can be closer to the top five in the next races.”

The superpole and race two results equal Gardner’s best to date in his rookie WorldSBK campaign, with his prior top-six finish coming in race two at Assen.

The 2023 Superbike World Championship now enters its summer break, with action set to resume at Magny-Cours, France, between 8-10 September.