The GRT Yamaha rookie riders started Saturday off well, with Gerloff setting the third fastest time and Federico Caricasulo going eighth during FP3. In the Superpole, the American was a WorldSBK career-best fifth, while his teammate qualified in 12th place.
Unfortunately, while running third, Gerloff fell heavily on the seventh lap, after a good start had allowed him to follow Kawasaki’s Jonathan Rea and Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSBK Supported Team’s Loris Baz. Caricasulo made no mistakes and crossed the line in 11th place, as he continues to search for a better feeling in wet conditions.
After qualifying eighth in the Superpole, Baz enjoyed an excellent start and swiftly moved into the podium positions within the opening stages of the race. The French rider battled with Rea for victory, eventually finishing second to record his best result on the Ten Kate Yamaha R1.
Tomorrow, after the Warm Up at 09:00 (GMT+2), there will be two more opportunities to collect points, with the Superpole Race at 11:00, and Race 2 at 14:00.
For full Race 1 results, click here.