American rider Gerloff is riding the wave of his strong performance in Great Britain and of the news of his contract renewal with Yamaha. Despite some difficulties to adjust to the Dutch track on a Superbike machine in Free Practice 1 (seventh with a 1’35.150, after having raced here on a MotoGP bike last month), the Texan managed to find the right feeling with his R1 in the afternoon and posted the second-fastest time in the session (1’34.512).
Kohta Nozane, instead, had a different target today: despite not having fully recovered from an injury sustained to the middle finger of his right hand in a crash in Navarra last month, the Japanese got back in the saddle and tried to learn yet another new track. 18th in the morning with a 1’36.652, he found a few more tenths in FP2, ending the day in 19th (1’36.405). With bad weather looming over the rest of the weekend, Nozane may be one of the competitors not disappointed by the possibility of racing in the wet, which is less demanding on the riders and their fitness.
For Friday’s combined times, click here.