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Positive End to Eventful Misano Weekend for GRT Yamaha

Positive End to Eventful Misano Weekend for GRT Yamaha

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team’s Garrett Gerloff enjoyed a strong end to an eventful weekend at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, climbing from the back row of the grid at the start of the day, to end with a fifth-place finish by the chequered flag in Race 2.

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.

Garrett Gerloff – SPRC: P8 / R2: P5

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

It was a very challenging weekend - it started okay in practice, but then I could not even set a time in Superpole. Plus, I had to start from pit lane in Race 1, before starting from the back again in the Superpole Race. It was definitely a mentally challenging weekend, but I am super happy to end it like this, it gives me a lot of confidence. Massive thanks to the whole team for their support, for their belief in me and for their positivity. Race 2 was the best I have felt with the bike all weekend and, had we had the same setup in qualifying and for the first race, I think we could have fought at least for the podium. The next round is at Donington Park, where I have never raced, but the nice thing about all these tracks that I have yet to race on is that I still know them thanks to the video games I have been playing since I was a kid. I feel like I know Donington already like the back of my hand, I just have to figure out all the little details of the track such as the bumps. It looks amazing and much like an American-style track with a lot of elevation changes. Hopefully it’s a track that I will be fast on and that is easy to learn. I am very excited to go there.

Kohta Nozane – SPRC: P12 / R2: P13

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team

Today was the best day I have ever had since joining the WorldSBK Championship, despite really difficult conditions. At the start of Race 2 I had a little mechanical issue, but later on I could catch up with Sykes and keep up with his pace, I just couldn’t pass him. That is the main area I have to work on in the future, but I also have to work hard to improve my performance in the last five or six laps of the race. I made another little step forward today, but I also realized that there are a lot of things that I have to get better at with the help of the team. The next race will be at Donington, which is another new track for me. I have to be 100 per cent ready beforehand, as I heard that it is a very difficult circuit to ride on. It is not going to be an easy race for sure, but I will do the best that I can. Toprak [Razgatlıoğlu] demonstrated today that the Yamaha R1 has the potential to win. We ride the same bike, so the biggest improvement has to be done on myself.