Remy Gardner (4th): The accolades came too early / Superbike World Championship

Remy Gardner (4th): The accolades came too early / Superbike World Championship

World Superbike Championship rider Remy Gardner proved his penchant for climbing. He celebrated his best result of the season in fourth place in the first race in Assen on a GRT-Yamaha, and for a short while he thought he was on the podium he had wanted.

The Superbike weekend in Assen is going well for GRT Yamaha rider Remy Gardner, the Australian was already convincing in the free practice sessions. In Saturday’s race, which was cancelled, he finished fourth behind impressive winner Nicholas Spinelli (Ducati), Toprak Razgatlioglu (BMW) and Alvaro Bautista (Ducati). Gardner was in the chase throughout the race. He laid the foundation stone in Superpole, where he took the sixth starting position.

Before the race there was a discussion about the choice of tires: “It was difficult on the starting grid. Sometimes it rained, then the sun shone and dark clouds came in. Should I use slicks or rain tires?”

Gardner explained how he reached the decision by listening to all the team’s opinions, staying calm and finally making the right choice. Like everyone except Spinelli, he decided to start the race with a trick.

“It was fun to drive under these conditions,” smiled the 26-year-old when caught up with “It was a good performance and a fight for survival in the first half of the race. After a few laps it started to rain briefly again in the first sector. I thought we would have to pit to change tires like we did at Phillip Island. But the sun came out and the track dried out again.”

When the tournament was stopped, only Bautista and Razgatlioglu were watching Gardner. Spinelli, who had opened up a lead of up to 25 seconds at the start, was long lost to Gardner. “When the race was stopped, I thought I was third. Alex Lowes congratulated me. Then I realized I was only fourth. Two more laps and Spinelli would be far behind.

Gardner wants to get his first race podium on Sunday. The former Moto2 world champion has been waiting for a top 3 result since November 7, 2021.

Assen Superbike World Championship results, race 1:
Pos the driver Motorcycle Different
1. Nicholas Spinelli (I) Ducati
2. Toprak Razgatlioglu (TR) BMW + 3,205 sec
3. Alvaro Bautista (E) Ducati + 3,392
4. Remy Gardner (AUS) Yamaha + 5,989
5. Alex Lowes (GB) Kawasaki + 6,256
6. Jonathan Rea (GB) Yamaha + 6,361
7. Michael v Mark (NL) BMW + 6,474
8. Scott Redding (GB) BMW + 12,289
9. Axel Bassani (I) Kawasaki + 12,013
10. Xavi Vierge (L) Honda + 17,794
11. Nicolò Bulega (I) Ducati + 25,271
12. Andrea Locatelli (I) Yamaha + 40,632
13. Dominique Aegerter (CH) Yamaha + 57,577
14. Tarran Mackenzie (GB) Honda + > 1 min
15. Bradley Ray (GB) Yamaha +1 Rd.
16. Garrett Gerloff (USA) BMW + 1 Rd.
17. Adam Norrodin (MAL) Honda + 1 Rd.
18. Philipp Öttl (D) Yamaha + 2 Rd.
19. Sam Lowes (GB) Ducati + 3 Rd.
Michael Rinaldi (I) Ducati
Tito Rabat (E) Kawasaki
Andrea Iannone (I) Ducati
World Superbike Championship 2024: Status after 7 of 36 races
Pos the driver Motorcycle Points
1. Nicolò Bulega (I) Ducati 92
2. Alvaro Bautista (E) Ducati 91
3. Toprak Razgatlioglu (TR) BMW 91
4. Alex Lowes (GB) Kawasaki 86
5. Andrea Iannone (I) Ducati 51
6. Andrea Locatelli (I) Yamaha 49
7. Michael v Mark (NL) BMW 49
8. Danilo Petrucci (I) Ducati 47
9. Dominique Aegerter (CH) Yamaha 37
10. Remy Gardner (AUS) Yamaha 32
11. Nicholas Spinelli (I) Ducati 25
12. Garrett Gerloff (USA) BMW 25
13. Axel Bassani (I) Kawasaki 22
14. Xavi Vierge (L) Honda 19
15. Jonathan Rea (GB) Yamaha 18
16. Michael Rinaldi (I) Ducati 18
17. Sam Lowes (GB) Ducati 18
18. Scott Redding (GB) BMW 18
19. Iker Lecuona (L) Honda 3
20. Philipp Öttl (D) Yamaha 2
21. Bradley Ray (GB) Yamaha 2
22. Tarran Mackenzie (GB) Honda 2
23. Tito Rabat (E) Kawasaki 1