Remy Gardner says Jonathan Rea is a fan of the Yamaha R1 after switching from Kawasaki after nine very successful WorldSBK seasons with the Japanese brand.
After the post-season test at Jerez, Rea is testing again at the same venue today. He has had three testing days on the Yamaha so far and today will be his second test. Gardner, who had a strong rookie season with the R1, finished just behind his teammate Aegerter in the standings. The loss of Razgatlioglu will be felt by Yamaha, but their decision to secure another star rider should make them very competitive next year. Gardner emphasized that having Rea, a six-time world champion, on board will greatly benefit their project going forward. Rea was happy with the bike and although he hasn’t tried anything new yet, he was already quite fast. His experience and input from his time with Kawasaki will be valuable for Yamaha.