GARDNER PUTS IN THE PACES ON DAY ONE OF THE TWO-DAY TEST
While most of the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship paddock descended on the Circuit de Jerez – Angel Nieto for two days of testing, it was all eyes on Remy Gardner who completed his first dry outing with the GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team.
While he has been on track already, the Jerez test is the first chance to see Remy Gardner (GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team) in his new colours on the Yamaha YZF R1 machine. The Australian made the switch to WorldSBK after just one season in MotoGP™ as he looks to make an instant impact on the MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship in 2023.
The cold conditions restricted the number of laps in the morning, but by 11.30am Local Time (GMT+1), the 2021 Moto2™ World Champion made quick work of his first dry outing, completing a total of 86 laps on his Yamaha YZF R1. Gardner finished out day one with his fastest time of 1’40.551s on his 79th lap of the Jerez Circuit, placing him in 14th.
Speaking on the conclusion of day one, Gardner described the experience of his first dry outing as good, good fun.
“The new tyres I think at the moment is the biggest thing for me to understand how much confidence the front tyre can give, how much support you have as well. It was good to just understand what I need to adapt and change, and I have some bad habits from last year that I’m trying to kick. We all want to be there at the top the first day, but, you know, without doing something stupid, it’s just step by step and I think that’s the correct way.”
When asked what Gardner needed to change, he said he needs to focus on riding more fluidly while gaining an understanding of the tyre situation.
“I just need to ride easier, more fluid. Last year, I had to ride like an animal on every single corner to go fast, and the tyres are very different as well. It’s good to let it flow a bit more. The breaking is kind of similar, you can push on it so hard and you can feel where it’s at which is nice. It’s a different bike, so yeah we just try to experiment and look at data and then find our direction. We made a few changes, but nothing really crazy”
Remy was also asked about his thoughts on his new GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team.
“Yeah, for me this is very, very professional. I feel like everybody is, you know, quite calm, which is good. The atmosphere is calm in the team, which is always a nice working environment and also the support from Yamaha as well, which is also nice.”