The riders returned to action in Saturday morning’s Free Practice 3 to clock more laps on Italian soil and keep building their knowledge of the technical track, and both managed to improve their pace. Gardner finished 7th on a 1’47.128, with Aegerter 16th (1’47.817).
Afterwards, the GYTR GRT Yamaha duo felt confident to attack the Tissot Superpole qualifier, although eventually the #77 and the #87 couldn’t manage more than 12th (1’46.973) and 16th (1’47.296) respectively.
In Race 1, Gardner and Aegerter did their best to recover as many places as possible. The Australian dropped a couple of positions at the beginning due to an excursion in the gravel trap but he came on strong in the latter stages of the race to recover from P18 to P11. His Swiss teammate showed consistent pace in the early stages but was then forced to retire four laps before the finish line.