The American was drafted in by Petronas SRT for the Dutch Grand Prix to switch the injured Franco Morbidelli, who was dominated out of the Assen weekend after aggravating an current knee damage in coaching.
Gerloff acquired his first style of MotoGP equipment final 12 months in observe for the European GP when he was introduced in as Valentino Rossi’s stand-in earlier than the Italian handed a COVID-19 take a look at to return to racing following a two-race layoff with the virus.
Changing into the primary American to begin a MotoGP race for the reason that late Nicky Hayden in Australia in 2016, Gerloff completed 17th on the two-year-old ‘A-spec’ Yamaha at Assen after a battle with Avintia’s Luca Marini.
SRT might be in want of two riders in 2022 ought to Rossi retire as anticipated on the finish of the 12 months and Morbidelli strikes as much as the manufacturing facility Yamaha squad to switch the outgoing Maverick Vinales.
This might open the door for Gerloff to race full-time in MotoGP in 2022.
“Yeah, positively,” he stated after the Dutch TT when requested if he’d gotten a style for racing in MotoGP.
“My purpose my entire life has been to race in MotoGP, so I might positively like to be again and to be racing in MotoGP.
Garrett Gerloff, Petronas Yamaha SRT, Luca Marini, Esponsorama Racing
Photograph by: Dorna
“However I’m simply right here for now for this race after which again to World Superbikes, which continues to be my essential focus for this 12 months.
“So, I wish to do the most effective I can there after which attempt to earn a chance to return again to GPs.”
Gerloff’s Yamaha WSBK stablemate Toprak Razgatlioglu – who races for Yamaha’s manufacturing facility workforce Crescent Racing in WSBK, whereas Gerloff is on the works-supported GRT squad – has already been linked to SRT for 2022.
In an interview with Autosport’s German-language sister web site de.motorsport.com, Yamaha boss Paul Denning says the marque “gained’t get in the best way” if both Razgatlioglu or Gerloff will get a MotoGP supply.
“I can think about that Garrett and Toprak are candidates for MotoGP,” Denning stated.
“It relies on the probabilities and timing. We’d wish to hold each of them right here.
“If somebody will get a very good MotoGP supply, Yamaha gained’t get in the best way.”