The two riders returned to action this morning for Free Practice 3, where both were looking for pace. Gerloff set the 10th fastest time on a 1’41.029, while his Japanese teammate was 21st (1’42.573).
In the Tissot Superpole, the American rider went faster but unfortunately couldn’t manage better than 11th on the grid. On the other side of the garage, Nozane improved his lap time by 1.252s to go 18th.
Afterwards, in the shortened Race 1 (14 laps), both GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team riders made a decent start, with the #3 enjoying an especially strong first lap, gaining three positions.
Gerloff made his way into contention for eighth place, fighting with the likes of Honda’s Xavi Vierge and BMW’s Loris Baz, eventually crossing the line in 10th. Nozane struggled in the latter stages of the race to finish 20th.
The GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team will be back in Portimao tomorrow for the Superpole Race at 11:00 (WEST) and Race 2 at 14:00.