American motorcycle racing fans will continue to have a countryman to cheer for in the 2021 WorldSBK Championship, as Garrett Gerloff has seen his contract with the GRT Yamaha squad renewed for next season.
The news comes off an strong race weekend in France, as Gerloff topped the timesheets in FP2, qualified fifth, and fought for a podium during Race 1, which left an impression on the SBK paddock.
This result added to his already noteworthy time at Catalunya, where he scored his first WorldSBK podium, likely made retaining Gerloff an easy choice for Yamaha’s racing program.
Keeping his seat within the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK team, Gerloff will see a new teammate in the garage, as Japanese rider Kohta Nozane will joining the squad for 2021.
With GRT Yamaha serving as the “junior” team for the tuning fork brand, Gerloff has the opportunity to further learn the WorldSBK tracks and paddock, though his rookie season has already shown his strong potential.
“I’m just super excited to be staying with the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team for the 2021 season,” said Garrett Gerloff.
“This year has been incredible; the people I work with on the team are exceptional, really positive and awesome people, so to be able to continue with them is fantastic. It’s going to be nice to hopefully have more of a normal year and to have some consistency in the team will be great for me.”
“I’m really excited to be getting the new Yamaha R1 as well. Hopefully it will give us even more performance to take the fight to the current frontrunners in the championship.”
“Thank you so much to Yamaha for continuing with me and giving me another opportunity to improve and show what I can do. I owe them and my team manager Filippo Conti everything. I think that we can do some great things next year and I’m more focused and determined than ever,” the American finished.