© 2022, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued by the GYTR GRT team Yamaha WorldSBK:
GYTR GRT TEAM YAMAHA WORLDSBK APPROACHES THIRD ROUND IN STAR
Three weeks after the last performance, the GYTR GRT team Yamaha WorldSBK wants to return to action in the third round of the FIM 2022 World Superbike Championship at Circuito do Estoril.
Last time in Assen Gareth Gerlaff proved his speed with excellent qualifying results, finishing eighth and seventh in the 1st race and in the race at the Superpole. Unfortunately, the American’s chances of fighting closer to the front were over after an easy contact on the first lap.
He sets off for the weekend with fond memories of the Estaril track, picking up a couple of podiums here in 2020, and last year he only missed fourth place.
On the other side of the penalty Kohta Nozan was fast in the Netherlands, but unfortunate circumstances deprived him of his first points of the season. The Japanese ace was close on Saturday, while a strong drop in race 2 after keeping in touch on turn 1 led to his fracture of the fifth metatarsal on his right leg. Luckily, the 26-year-old is fit and ready to race this weekend in Portugal.
After Friday’s practice and the Superpol qualifiers, Race 1 will start at 14:00 local time (UTC + 1) on Saturday, and Race 2 will start exactly 24 hours later on Sunday, after the SPRC at 11:00.
Gareth Gerlaff № 31
“I can’t wait for Estheril. I have such good memories and the Yamaha R1 should approach this scheme very well. In Assen we were fast again, but in the race we were unlucky. We want a good weekend where our hard work is rewarded with strong results. I look forward to it, and we will do our best from Friday. “
Kohta Nozane №3
“First of all, I am happy to say that I will be racing in Portugal after the accident in Assen. My right foot is fine and I’m ready to go. I can’t wait to be in Estaril, it’s one of my favorite tracks, so I’m looking forward to racing again. In the last round we made good improvements, but accidents deprived me of points. I hope that this weekend we will be able to improve even more and have a good race. “