Remy Gardner happy with progression into WorldSBK, leading the Rookie way
Australian rider Remy Gardner is settling in nicely to life as a WorldSBK rider in the GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team. The Australian Official Test has proved positive for the 2021 Moto2 World Champion, who has been in hot contention in the Independent times.
Recently wrapping up his first Free Practice session of Day 2 at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Gardner has seen a steady progression in laptimes with his best so far of a 1:31.236
Gardner says although he is happy to be up there in the Independent times and as a Rookie, he wants to push for more.
“I am not looking at where the Rookies are, or the Independents are, I just want to work my way to the top. We have to be realistic, but we keep making progress which is good and we just need to keep chipping away.”
Moving from the MotoGP World Championship, Gardner explained in his end of day debrief that he is still working on adapting to Yamaha YZF-R1, in particular, his aggression under breaks, something he struggled with in Portimao.
“Turn 4 and Turn 10 I am really attacking, and for now it seems to be working okay when I can stop it. The tyres as well are something that I need to get used to, especially on a used tyre and how to keep going fast on a used tyre. Obviously, I need to change up my riding style which is something that I need to understand, but I am sure when I get a few races under my belt I will get more of a handle on it.”
Completing 77 laps in total yesterday, and a further 32 laps this morning – he explained that each time he gets on the bike he makes a positive step forward.
“This is another new track and a different style of riding the bike again, I went quite good I feel [yesterday], and I’m even closer again which is a positive. It seems every time I get on the bike and a different track, and start a new day, I get more of an understanding of it.”