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16:40  20 november  2020
16:40  20 november  2020 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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Garrett Gerloff says he will set a target of becoming the top represented Yamaha rider in the 2021 WorldSBK Championship after earning an upgrade to factory-spec machinery on I definitely want to try and be the best Yamaha and if that means fighting for the championship then I want to fight for it.

Brian and Corey sit down with World SBK Rookie, Garrett Gerloff . Hot off the heels of his best season in MotoAmerica Superbike, Garrett Team, GRT Yamaha Superbike. He shares with us his mad dash to get home amid the US Travel Ban as the COVID-19 outbreak was quickly spreading across Europe.

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Garrett Gerloff was particularly successful in his debut season in the Superbike World Championship in the final third. Since his podium in Barcelona, ​​Gerloff has been consistently ahead, even though he only drove one machine from last year in the GRT Yamaha team. In the 2021 season, the US pilot will receive the latest material. At the WSBK test in Jerez ( to test report ) he set the fastest time on the first day and was involved in the development by Yamaha.

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Although Gerloff does not drive for the works team, he was allowed to pilot the development machine for 2021. He shared this with works driver Toprak Razgatlioglu. "The first impression was very good. The bottom line is that there is only small progress, but these small details add up and then make a difference," commented Gerloff.

What still needs to be improved by Yamaha? "The bike does everything pretty well. That makes it difficult because you don't know what to work on," admits the US driver. "We were able to improve the grip when exiting the corner. That gave me a lot of difficulties during the season."

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"The engine feels very strong. We can tick that off. Maybe we could reduce the wheelies a bit to be able to accelerate better. But overall we were able to make quite a bit of progress and tick off problems, "says Gerloff happily.

After the strong season finish, Gerloff is looking forward to his second World Cup season. "I can hardly wait for the coming season. I'm really excited about it. I don't have crazy expectations, but I want to be the best Yamaha rider," he said of his goal.

"If that means that I am fighting for the championship, then I definitely want to do that. Time will tell," said the GRT Yamaha rider. "I want to do it from race to race."

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