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GRT Yamaha Enjoy Solid Sunday at Most

GRT Yamaha Enjoy Solid Sunday at Most

The first outing for the FIM Superbike World Championship at Autodrom Most came to a close on Sunday with two more races, with GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team’s Garrett Gerloff twice inside the top eight, while Kohta Nozane made a step forward to score more points.

After going fourth fastest in the Warm Up, Gerloff initially fell back at the tricky first corner from fifth on the grid in the Superpole Race, and the lack of clear overtaking spots at the Czech venue made it difficult for the American to make progress, eventually finishing in sixth place. 

The situation was similar in Race 2, in which he dropped to 10th after the first few laps, and despite his Yamaha R1’s improved performance, he had to settle for an eighth place result, which consolidates his position in the championship standings. He will look to get back on the podium in the next round at Navarra, a track that he immediately liked and where he showed an impressive race pace during the recent test.

For his teammate Kohta Nozane, instead, Sunday represented a chance to get back on track with a fresh mindset, in order to try to put yesterday’s difficult Race 1 behind him. He was 18th again in the Warm Up, but his performance gradually improved throughout the day, and he was immediately able to recover to 15th in the Superpole Race. 

He improved further in the afternoon’s longer event, in which his pace was at times even faster than his best lap in qualifying. In the latter stages, though, the Japanese was not able to hang on to the group of riders in front of him and crossed the finish line in 14th place. Despite it being the same result of yesterday’s Race 1, the limited number of crashes and retirements makes today’s result a more significant one.

For full SPRC results, click here.
For full Race 2 results, click here.

Garrett Gerloff – SPRC: P6 / Race 2: P8

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

In the Superpole Race I had a good jump off my grid spot, but the first two corners are very tight, you have to be really precise and so many guys can funnel in, so I got a bit caught out but then I was able to work my way back up to sixth. It was a little bit disappointing because it was one spot worse than my original starting position. In Race 2, I managed another good start, but I had the same kind of issue in Turn 1. I also made a bit of contact with Tom Sykes in the transition from right to left, I was thrown out wide and several guys got by. I then struggled with making passes - this seems to be a one-line track with very few overtaking opportunities, so I spent a lot of the race just trying to set something up, without much luck. I am really happy with the bike, it felt really fast, I just could not get the most out of it today. Still, it was nice to have a decent weekend, on to the next one.

Kohta Nozane – SPRC: P15 / Race 2: P14

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

Today’s Superpole Race was my best race of the weekend. We changed my bike’s settings drastically and my mindset was also totally different from yesterday. I had a better feeling, I believe we are on the right path but I am still not good enough to fight with riders ahead of us. In Race 2 I gave my all to get the best possible result and I did better than yesterday, and I think the results will come. My start wasn’t very good, but many riders crashed in the first corner and I was very lucky to make it through. In the first five or six laps, I had a very good pace in the 1’33s, but in the second part of the race I started struggling and I couldn’t keep up. The next round will be in Navarra, where I have bad memories due to my accident in the test in June. That said, I could learn the track in the half-day of testing I had before my injury, so I will use that experience to do my best.