A first position on Friday to give even more food for thought for Yamaha. After his incredible results of the weekend at Barcelona, Garrett Gerloff made his debut at Magny-Cours in the best possible way today. In addition to the points for the championship standings for the American, the official seat in the factory Yamaha team is also up for grabs, so it couldn’t have been a better start for the American. The GRT team rider edged out Jonathan Rea by just 15 thousandths of a second at the end of FP2, with his best lap in 1’48.830. Yamaha's decision on the man who will join Razgatlioglu in the factory team in 2021 has not yet been taken and Garrett (we've been saying this for months) seems to be more than just a valid candidate for the place.
“Now I'm in a fantastic team, made up of amazing people who have become real friends for me. If I stay here with them I will be more than happy with either the 2020 or 2021 bike - Gerloff told us in the Magny-Cours press room - Of course, moving to the factory team would be great but also in GRT Yamaha gives us a lot of support, and my goal is to continue racing in this category. I don't know what will happen, my manager is taking care of it, I have to stay 100% focused on the races ”.
Awareness of his own means, humility and professionalism. Three qualities that every rider should have and that are starting to be seen also in Gerloff who, as mentioned, today wrapped up his first day at the Magny-Cours circuit in France in first position.
“The track is really nice, it wasn’t complicated to learn, I did some research before coming here and maybe the rain is also helping me because it gives me more time to understand what to do. After the good results of the weekend in Barcelona I am more confident now and I arrived at Magny-Cours with some extra certainty”.
What was today's work like?
“This morning I tried to familiarize myself with the track and together with my team we made some changes that seemed very interesting to me. In FP2 I wanted to try these changes a little better and I felt good, the track improved lap after lap during the session and in the end there was a clear line with no water and it went well. "
Tomorrow Race 1 and then Superpole and Race 2 on Sunday. Is there the possibility of replicating the results of Barcelona?
“At this moment we don't really know what can happen with regards to the weather, tomorrow and Sunday it looks like it will rain but maybe it will only do it in the morning. My goal is to fight for the best possible position and if it is a podium all the better ”.
How do you feel about the rain? Did you ever race in the wet in MotoAmerica?
"I won a few times in the rain, not always and not at every track but for example my first professional race was in the wet. Certainly, it’s more difficult in terms of confidence but it is the same for everyone" .