For Gerloff, the work done in the first two days paid off and in Race 2 the American managed his best performance of the weekend. Similarly to yesterday, his day began with a very promising fifth place in the Warm Up session (1'36.969), but again the Tissot Superpole Race did not go according to plan: starting from 12th on the grid, he got mixed up in the battle of the midfield and could only finish 13th.
The Texan did not lose his cool, though, and after a solid first part of Race 2 he found himself chasing a big group of riders battling over fourth. He took the chequered flag in ninth, but was seven seconds closer to the race-winner compared to Saturday’s race.
Gerloff was not the only one to show steady improvement today, as his rookie teammate Nozane also enjoyed a much better day at the French venue. He continued getting closer to the front in the Warm Up, in which he was 17th (1'38.855), and in the short Superpole Race he recovered two positions to finish 16th.
Following the same trend as his teammate, his best performance came in the long race of the afternoon, in which the Japanese was able to keep a much stronger pace and get involved in the battle for the points-paying positions. 14th at the finish line, he also closed the gap from the leader by 15 seconds in comparison to yesterday. Overall, it was not an ideal weekend but one that Nozane ended on a positive note.