The GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team duo returned to action this morning for Free Practice 3, finally in dry conditions. Gerloff went eighth fastest (1’37.454), with Nozane 16th (1’38.938)
In qualifying, Gerloff managed a 1’36.464, which was good enough for fifth, while his Japanese teammate improved on this morning’s lap time by 1.108s and eventually qualified 17th.
At the start of the race, Gerloff got off the line well but lost positions in a hectic opening lap. The 27-year-old still managed to find pace and put himself into podium contention, crossing the line in fifth.
Nozane had a decent getaway and gained positions in the early stages. The #3 rider battled for a points-scoring position, but unfortunately missed out in the final few laps.
The GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team will be back at Magny-Cours tomorrow in the Superpole Race at 11:00 (CEST) and Race 2 at 14.00.