Both riders returned to TT Circuit Assen for Free Practice 3 this morning, following good progress made in the first sessions on Friday. American rider Gerloff placed eight at the end of the session, with Nozane 16th.
Then came the Tissot Superpole, with Gerloff going sixth fastest on a 1’34.175, seeing him reach his target of qualifying on the second row, while Nozane put himself 16th (1’35.215).
In Race 1, Gerloff dropped places on the SC0 tyre and had to battle in the middle of the group. The American managed to climb back inside the top 10 in the final stages and a late charge saw him cross the line in eighth.
On the other hand, Nozane made an impressive start to run just outside of the top 10 by the end of the first lap. After that, the Japanese rider battled with those around for 13th position, but a long lap penalty cost him several places. Despite this, the 26-year-old came close to the points-paying positions but he was unable to quite make it, finishing 17th.
The GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team will be back in action tomorrow in the Superpole Race at 11:00 (CET) and Race 2 at 15:15 (CET).