News 19 Jun 2024

Misano has Gardner 'pushing for more' in mixed weekend

P3 qualifying position the highlight for GYTR GRT Yamaha rider.

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A mixed weekend at Misano’s fourth round of the 2024 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship (WorldSBK) has Remy Gardner ‘pushing for more’, the Australian forced to retire from Sunday’s Superpole race.

The GYTR GRT Yamaha was inspired by his P3 qualifying result despite believing there was greater potential, ultimately charging to P6 in Saturday’s race one encounter.

Gardner was unlucky to be involved in a racing incident during the Superpole race, and even though he remounted, he had no option but to retire a few laps later. Starting from the midfield in race two, the number 87 salvaged a P8 result.

“Following Superpole, I was expecting a little bit more – we can take it as a positive sign, it means we’re pushing for more and we’re aware of our potential.

“Unfortunately in the sprint race I had to go wide at the start and I lost some positions. I felt then we could have a good race anyway, but I got involved in an incident and that was the end of our race. That finale compromised race two as well, as it’s tough to have a good run starting from behind, but I still managed to score some points.”

Gardner is now positioned seventh in the championship standings as the series heads to Donington Park in the United Kingdom for round five, scheduled for 12-14 July.