The likable 25-year-old joined WorldSBK and Yamaha at the start of this season after several years in the Moto2 class and a stint in MotoGP, and adapting to his new R1 has been a steep learning curve for the Aussie. However, Gardner is becoming ever closer to his mechanics and team, who are helping him through the process as he aims for top results in WorldSBK.
Having lived in both Spain and Andorra, and being fluent in Spanish, Gardner feels a certain ‘home race’ affinity with the Circuit of Barcelona-Catalunya, and he was enjoying the benefits that come along with that:
“Barcelona is very fast and flowing, with lots of beautiful corners, and riding here on a Superbike is very different to a Moto2 or MotoGP bike, so I’m adapting to get the most out of the machine, but I’m still getting the bike sideways and that’s always good fun! It’s nice to have a good result at your home race, but it’s not more important than any other race really…except if you do well it’s great to celebrate with friends!”