GRT Yamaha’s first day in Italy started off well, with both Gerloff and rookie teammate Nozane pleased with their performances in Free Practice 1. However, the intense heat of the afternoon saw the track temperature rise to 46 °C, and both riders struggled to match their potential from the morning session.
For Gerloff, this weekend brings an additional obstacle to overcome, with the American penalised for his Race 2 incident at Estoril, meaning he will have to start Race 1 from the pit lane. He began Friday on the right foot, going third fastest in FP1 on a 1’34.923, before being unable to replicate the same performance in the heat of the afternoon. He ended the second free practice session in 11th, but was still fifth on combined times.
Nozane, instead, continues to gain experience and was happy with the behaviour of his Yamaha R1 WorldSBK on the Italian track during the morning session, in which his 1’36.288 was good enough for 15th. The hot afternoon, though, turned out to be more difficult than expected for him too, but he still managed to improve his best lap, clocking a 1’36.044. His objective for FP3 is to run as many laps as possible in order to be best prepared for the races.
For Friday's combined times, click here.