As opposed to the session in Misano two weeks ago, almost all the teams were present in Barcelona, turning these two days into a teaser of what awaits us when the real action begins in MotorLand Aragón on the 21-23 May.
At GRT Yamaha, Garrett Gerloff’s side of the garage focused on the bike’s setup and on detailed analysis of the new components first tested in Misano. The American was once again very fast, ending the first day in third place with a 1’40.910, and further improving throughout day two. Despite two falls, Gerloff leaves Barcelona with the third fastest time of 1’40.497 and an excellent feeling with the bike and the track, having completed 151 laps.
Kohta Nozane, on the other hand, took advantage of this test to gain crucial confidence with the Spanish track, which is brand new to him. Much like in Misano, his progress over the two days was massive. Having gone 15th at the end of day one, the Japanese rider gradually gained confidence, improving by more than a second on day two, and left the test in 12th place on combined times with a 1’41.628, racking up 163 laps.
The GRT Yamaha squad will be back again in less than two weeks’ time for the Aragon test on 12-13 April, as the team continues to gear up to the 2021 WorldSBK campaign.