It was a day full of highs and lows for the GRT Yamaha team, only Garrett Gerloff could take part in the morning’s Warm-Up, as Kohta Nozane was forced to sit out the session while his crew fixed a technical issue.
Gerloff’s quick and consistent race pace then allowed him to stay with the leaders during the Superpole Race, in which he finished only two seconds behind the winner, scoring yet another fourth-place finish.
Unfortunately, his Portuguese weekend then took a downwards turn during Race 2, as he had an accident in Turn 6, which also involved Michael Ruben Rinaldi. Gerloff took the blame for the crash, which was caused by a mistake in the braking zone rather than by an attempt to overtake. As a consequence of the incident, Race Direction decided to penalize the Texan, who will have to start Race 1 in the upcoming Misano round from the pit lane.
On Nozane’s side of the garage, Sunday was a day of steady progress. Despite having skipped the Warm-Up, the 25-year-old was 15th in the Superpole Race and then continued improving in the main event of the afternoon.
After starting 16th, he ran what he called “my best race so far”, maintaining a consistent pace and managing to keep in touch with the factory Honda of Leon Haslam, before finishing 13th.