The GYTR GRT Yamaha riders were aiming high in the Tissot Superpole and Gardner rode strongly, putting in a quick lap that would have placed him fourth, but he was caught by a yellow flag and dropped to ninth (1’40.207). Meanwhile, his Swiss teammate - who is celebrating his birthday today - couldn’t climb higher than 17th (1’40.672) despite not being far from those in front.
Starting from eighth and 15th on the grid following penalties incurred by other riders, Gardner enjoyed a great getaway to join the front group in the early stages. The #87 kept clocking fast laps in the 20-lap contest, managing to claim a solid sixth place by performing a last lap move. Meanwhile, Aegerter kept battling with those around, showing consistent speed and making progress in the latter stages to cross the line in 14th.