Gerloff is fully recovered from the leg injury he suffered in FP3 at the Estoril round. Photo courtesy of GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team.
After being declared fit on Thursday to race in this weekend’s round of the 2022 MOTUL FIM Superbike World Championship (following the left knee injury he sustained during Free Practice 3 at the Estoril round), former MotoAmerica Superbike rider Garrett Gerloff returned to action today at the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” aboard his #31 GYTR GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team YZF-R1.
The Texan recorded the sixth-fastest lap of the day based on the combined results from two Free Practice sessions. Gerloff ended Free Practice 1 in 11th (1:35.756), but he improved in the afternoon’s Free Practice 2. While he and his team focused on long runs in FP2, Gerloff showed solid race pace and ended up sixth-fastest (1:34.605).
“The day was not bad,” Gerloff said. “The leg is fine, and the P6 is a good result. Our pace is good even if we can improve. The test we did here certainly helped to find speed. The goals are the same, to make a good qualification and stay close to the leading group in the race. I also tried the new tire that Pirelli brought and I liked it. It seems to give more stability.”
Gerloff will be back on track tomorrow morning for Free Practice 3 at 9:00 a.m. before Tissot Superpole qualifying at 11:10 a.m. and Race 1 at 2:00 p.m. All times local.
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