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GRT Yamaha Complete Two Productive Days of Testing at Aragón

GRT Yamaha Complete Two Productive Days of Testing at Aragón

The GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team completed its first outing of 2022 with two days of testing at Aragón. Riders Garrett Gerloff and Kohta Nozane also got their first chance to ride their Yamaha R1 WorldSBK bikes ahead of the 2022 FIM Superbike World Championship.

With rain expected on Friday (4 March), Nozane and Gerloff went on track from Wednesday to begin their 2022 campaigns. The first day allowed the riders to regain their feeling and confidence on the bikes, with more focus on development scheduled for the following day.  

Rain showers throughout the afternoon though meant that Gerloff and Nozane’s running was somewhat disrupted, with the American managing 21 laps, while his Japanese teammate completed 16.   

On the second day, conditions improve on-track, and both Nozane and Gerloff were able to run a lot of laps. The GRT Yamaha squad tested new parts brought by Yamaha, such as tank and seat, with the riders giving positive feedback. 1’49.820 was Gerloff’s fastest time, while Nozane managed a 1’51.238. 

The next pre-season test event for the GRT Yamaha team is scheduled for 16-17 March at the Misano World Circuit.

Garrett Gerloff: 85 laps – 1’49.820

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

It's so epic and nice to be back on my Yamaha R1 after a long time. Yesterday when I rode again the bike it was quite a shock! Today it was so cool to have full dry running; we tried a bunch of new stuff, and I'm just focusing on myself, getting into a rhythm and that kind of thing. During the off-season I worked a lot on myself to improve every aspect, from physical to mental. I'm in a really good place and glad to be back, now let's keep working and see how things go at Misano.

Kohta Nozane: 74 laps – 1’51.238

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

Finally we are back, it was such a long time! We had many test items and it was not easy to manage all of the job, but at the end we are satisfied and the job done was good. It's cool we had the possibility to make a lot of laps today, it's a good start for the 2022 season. Now let's move to Misano. I like the circuit a lot and I cannot wait to be there, Italy is like my second home!