The GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team began the day with the unenviable objective of coming back to the front from the last row of the grid with both of its riders, after a crash in qualifying for Gerloff and a penalty for Kohta Nozane had demoted them to the back for the Tissot Superpole Race.
American rider Gerloff was sixth in the Warm Up thanks to a 1’34.939, before making the most out of the 10 laps in the Superpole Race, recovering from the last row of the grid to finish eighth. This result was crucial, as it allowed him to keep this finishing position as his starting one for the afternoon event.
The Texan did not waste the opportunity, and a great feeling with his bike allowed the 25-year-old to run the strongest race of his weekend in Race 2, which he finished in fifth place, first among the independent riders.
Kohta Nozane, instead, continued his streak of consistent and error-free races and small but incremental gains. He was 14th in the morning’s Warmup (1'35.307) and then ran a very solid Superpole Race, in which he crossed the line in 12th place after starting next to his teammate on the last row.
In Race 2 a small technical problem slowed him down in the early stages, but he then found his rhythm and managed to come home in 13th place, adding some more points to his tally. He looks to continue closing the gap from the front-runners during the next round at Donington Park.
For SPRC results, click here.
For Race 2 results, click here.