The GYTR GRT Yamaha pair kept working to build pace in the opening Free Practice 3, with the #87 rider placing in 4th (1'34.069) following a great session, while the #77 settled himself in 11th (1'34.369).
In the Tissot Superpole, both Aegerter and Gardner felt confident and put together a good qualifying session. With 1’45 to go, the Superpole was red-flagged, while the GYTR GRT Yamaha rookies were improving their lap times. The Swiss rider and the Australian then had to start from 7th (1'33.821) and 9th (1'33.997) on the grid.
Afterwards, in Race 1, Aegerter and Gardner enjoyed a decent getaway, holding their positions. Then, the #77 battled until the very end with Jonathan Rea, trying his best to gain the place, eventually finishing in 6th just behind him. On the other side the garage, Gardner, over the course of the 21-lap battle, produced strong pace in the latter stages of the race, scoring good points to cross the line in 9th.