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Gerloff Seventh, Nozane Scores Points on Saturday at San Juan

Gerloff Seventh, Nozane Scores Points on Saturday at San Juan

The second day at the Circuito San Juan Villicum saw the FIM Superbike World Championship riders compete for the first points of the weekend, with GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team’s Garrett Gerloff scoring a seventh-place finish, while his 2021 rookie teammate, Kohta Nozane, finished 15th.

Gerloff got the day off to a strong start, immediately improving his best time to go fourth in Free Practice 3 (1'37.764). The American then qualified eighth in the following Superpole session (1'38.337), having been slowed down by a yellow flag on his final attempt. 

At the start of the race, Gerloff could not extract his Yamaha R1’s full potential and soon found himself in 11th place, but his impressive pace in the second half of the race allowed him to make several passes on his way to a seventh-place finish. In the closing stages of the race, the Texan was the fastest rider on the track, a strength that he and his team can build upon to achieve even better results tomorrow. 

Nozane enjoyed a smooth day and came home in the points in Race 1. The Japanese rider continued improving his fastest lap during the morning’s FP3 session, in which his 1'39.611 gave him 15th position. He followed it up with a 17th place in qualifying, having caught the same yellow flag as his teammate. 

In the race, Nozane immediately climbed into 12th place thanks to a good start, but his pace was not strong enough to keep his direct rivals behind him and the #3 rider eventually finished 15th. For the first time this year, though, Nozane was able to set his fastest laps of the race in the closing stages, which demonstrates his growth in confidence with the Yamaha R1 and the Pirelli tyres.

For Race 1 results, click here.

Garrett Gerloff: P7

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

It was nice to race today. In FP3 the bike felt really good thanks to a change we made after yesterday, but then I had a difficult qualifying and could only manage eighth. My start in the race was decent, but then I had a slow first half of the race. The bike came to me later on and I was able to make some passes and improve my position. I want more, so I am looking forward to tomorrow.

Kohta Nozane: P15

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

In FP3, we were quite fast, but then the Superpole was very difficult for me because of the yellow flags and because every time I improved, our competitors did so too. Still, we worked on many new solutions for the bike and I also made some changes to my riding style. In the race my start was not so bad, but this track is very dirty outside the racing line, which makes overtaking really difficult. Tomorrow the conditions will be similar, so we have the chance to continue improving.