Gerloff was immediately at the centre of attention during the morning Warm Up, which he topped with a 1'37.719. He then finished in a solid seventh position in the Superpole Race, having struggled in the early laps.
The same happened at the start of Race 2 - despite a good jump, he lost some positions in the first few corners, dropping to 11th place. By the time he had passed the riders around him, the leaders’ group was already almost five seconds ahead. Now with a clear track, Gerloff started setting fast times and, throughout the final laps, he was as quick as the eventual winner Scott Redding. By the time the chequered flag waved, he had caught Andrea Locatelli, but he did not have enough time to attack him and finished eighth.
Nozane showed great improvement in Race 2 as well. The Japanese started off with a solid 13th place in the Warm Up (1'39.143) and then managed to recover from 17th to 14th in the Superpole Race, also thanks to a pass at the last corner.
Thanks to yet another stellar start, Nozane worked his way up to ninth place in the first few corners of Race 2, but then he slowly lost ground in favour of his rivals, finishing 14th again. Overall, he still managed to run a much faster race than yesterday, taking the chequered flag 15 seconds closer to the leader than he had managed in Race 1. For
SPRC results, click here.
For Race 2 results, click here.