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Mixed Conditions Hamper GRT Yamaha’s Day 1 at Most

Mixed Conditions Hamper GRT Yamaha’s Day 1 at Most

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team’s Garrett Gerloff and Kohta Nozane got their first experiences of the Autodrom Most track, a new edition to the FIM Superbike World Championship calendar, on Friday, with the mixed conditions limiting their running heading into the weekend.

Luckily for the GRT Yamaha riders, the track remained dry for Free Practice 1, and Gerloff, despite being fastest in FP2, did most of his work in the morning, in which he was 10th (1’34.155) after running 19 laps. The American’s position at the top of the standings in the afternoon’s session shows his ease at immediately managing a quick lap, but overall, it is not particularly representative, as the rain immediately started falling and his fastest lap was also his only one.

Kohta Nozane, on the other hand, had a tough time finding the pace he wanted in FP1 and only managed the 18th fastest time (1’35.408). Eager to become better acquainted with both the Yamaha R1 in wet conditions and the Czech track, he was then among the riders who decided to go back out when the rain arrived in FP2. He ran eight laps and found a good feeling with his bike, improving every lap and ending the session in 12th place with a 1’52.427. 

For Friday's combined times, click here.

Garrett Gerloff: P10 – 1’34.155

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

This circuit is brand new, it feels very nice and I think there are several different areas on the track where the Yamahas will shine. We just need to work on the setup a bit more, but we are heading in the right direction and it was nice to have at least the first session totally dry. Unfortunately, the second session was rained out so we did not learn very much, but in that single lap I did the bike felt solid. Hopefully tomorrow we will get out on track again and the lap times will come a little more easily.

Kohta Nozane: P18 – 1’35.408

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

In FP1 I went out with the dry setting to try to learn the track, like most other riders. I thought the circuit was a bit difficult and I could not keep the pace I thought I would be able to. But in FP2 I could run two dry laps with a different setting and the bike felt better, so I think we took the right direction. Then it immediately started raining and I took advantage of it to also test the Yamaha R1 and the track in wet conditions. There are several areas that I have to work on but running in the rain was a really useful experience. Tomorrow is probably going to be different yet again as it will probably be sunny, but I will do my best.