The American was drafted in by Petronas SRT for the Dutch Grand Prix to interchange the injured Franco Morbidelli, who was dominated out of the Assen weekend after aggravating an current knee harm in coaching.
Gerloff received his first style of MotoGP equipment final yr 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.
Turning into the primary American to begin a MotoGP race because the 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 yr and Morbidelli strikes as much as the manufacturing unit Yamaha squad to interchange 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.
“However I’m simply right here for now for this race after which again to World Superbikes, which remains to be my primary focus for this yr.
“So, I wish to do one of the best I can there after which attempt to earn a possibility to return again to GPs.”
Gerloff’s Yamaha WSBK stablemate Toprak Razgatlioglu – who races for Yamaha’s manufacturing unit group 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 Motorsport.com’s German edition, Yamaha boss Paul Denning says the marque “received’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 is dependent upon the probabilities and timing. We’d prefer to preserve each of them right here.
“If somebody will get a superb MotoGP supply, Yamaha received’t get in the best way.”