The day started with the Free Practice 3 session, with the GYTR GRT Yamaha pair still working to build pace over the race distance. Gardner was 8th with a 1’42.091, his teammate was 12th (1’42.377).
Both riders performed well in a strong Superpole qualifying session. Aegerter managed to improve his best time to earn a superb 2nd (1’40.737), while Gardner was unlucky with some late traffic, eventually placing 7th (1’41.071).
In Race 1, the GYTR GRT Yamaha duo did not have a perfect getaway, dropping positions, with Aegerter 7th and Gardner 9th. After three laps, the race had a red-flag stoppage, meaning the Swiss rider and the Australian had to resume from those places.
At the restart, this time the #77 and #87 riders had a better start, defending their spots on the opening lap. Then, over the course of the 17-lap dash, Aegerter managed to fight for a Top 5 finish, which meant placing as the Top Independent Rider as well. On the other side, Gardner got hit in the early stages of the restart, having to continue with a bent exhaust. Anyway, the Australian tried to keep his momentum, crossing the line in 11th after struggling with the tyres in the final part of the race.
FULL RESULTS - WorldSBK - FREE PRACTICE 3
FULL RESULTS - WorldSBK - SUPERPOLE