Earlier in the day the team made good progress with bike setup and the riders were confident going into their first ever Superpole. Caricasulo was fast straight away but he had no experience with the qualifying tires, so he could not take advantage of them. Teammate Gerloff was slightly unlucky because the red flag was waved when his lap times were starting to improve. He also had difficulty with the use of the special qualifying tires. Caricasulo started from the 4th row and Gerloff from the 6th.
At the start of the race Gerloff was really aggressive making his way up till the 7th position and kept the pace of the top 6 quite well. By the end of the race his tyres were finished so he lost a few positions but considering that he has never experienced the WorldSBK race situation, his performance was very impressive. Caricasulo had a more relaxed start as he did not want to take too many risks. The Italian was involved in an incident with Rea at the beginning of the race and the contact activated his airbag which caused additional difficulty for him. He finished the race where he started, in 12th position. Overall, it was a positive and useful Race 1 for the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team, both riders scored their first championship points. Number one goal for Sunday’s races will be to implement the strategy based on today’s effort and get closer to the Top.