Fourth place in Jerez race two and just 1.370s from victory.
Fourth in race two at Jerez concluded the rookie Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) campaign of Australia’s Remy Gardner, with the GYTR GRT Yamaha rider equalling his season-best result despite suffering a heavy fall the day prior.
Garnder posted a 1m38.961s to qualify fifth-fastest ahead of the opening bout, but fell hard in the relatively early stages of race one, suffering a deep cut to his right elbow and a left wrist contusion.
The gutsy R1 rider rebounded to take the checkers P6 in Sunday’s superpole race, before a commendable performance in race two saw him just 1.370s from the victory, closing in on teammate Dominique Aegerter for third in the closing stages.
“To be honest, today I wasn’t even sure about racing due to the crash I suffered yesterday,” said Gardner.”After warm up I felt I could do the races, but it was painful, I’m not going to lie. The Superpole race was a decent one, unfortunately due to the red flag our rear tyre was quite used, and I struggled with grip in the latter stages of the race.
“Then, in race two I could smell the podium, we finished so close, and I could catch the group fighting for the victory. Unfortunately, I missed a bit of pace in the end as I pushed a lot to close the gap and I felt a bit of pain as well which maybe prevented me from doing more. Anyway, it’s not a bad way to finish the year, we’re aware we have good potential and that we can have a strong 2024. To finish on the top of the Independent Teams is also nice, and I would like to dedicate this win to Mirko (Giansanti), who sadly passed away a few months ago.”
Gardner ultimately finished ninth in the 2023 WorldSBK Championship standings, with the first round of the 2024 season taking place at Phillip Island between 23-25 February where he will again represent the GYTR GRT Yamaha team.