The day started as usual with Free Practice 1, but unfortunately the GYTR GRT Yamaha duo couldn't enjoy any track time as wet patches were dotted around the circuit. The riders opted to stay inside their pit garage for the entirety of the season, as did the majority of the field.
As the sun came out for Free Practice 2, Gardner and Aegerter could put their Yamaha R1 machines to good use. Both riders enjoyed fast runs throughout the 45-minute session despite a short red flag stoppage. The GYTR GRT Yamaha pair had enough time to test every rear racing compound, with the #87 securing a remarkable second with a 1'40.556 on fresh tyres, while his #77 teammate claimed a strong fifth (1'40.823).