Morbidelli aggravated a pre-existing left knee injury on Tuesday in a training accident and has been dominated out of this weekend’s Assen spherical.
In his place comes American Gerloff, who was drafted in to interchange Valentino Rossi in Valencia final yr on the manufacturing facility Yamaha star – solely to trip on simply the Friday because the nine-time grand prix world champion was cleared to trip from Saturday after passing a COVID check.
Nevertheless, Gerloff’s efficiency within the combined circumstances on a motorbike and tyres he had no expertise on impressed Yamaha administration.
With no WSBK conflict this weekend, Gerloff will lastly get his shot at his MotoGP race debut at Assen on the two-year-old ‘A-spec’ M1 in SRT colors.
“I’m excited for the chance forward, I’m not somebody who runs away from a problem, so I’m able to get to the observe,” Gerloff stated.
“It’ll be a brand new circuit for me, I like making an attempt new tracks, it seems enjoyable, quick and flowing, and actually fits my driving model.
“I’m wanting ahead to leaping on the Yamaha M1 once more and twisting the throttle.
“We’ll see how issues go, however I really feel good and wish to thank Yamaha and the staff for contemplating me.
“It will not be straightforward, however I will give it my greatest shot!”
Garrett Gerloff, GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Staff
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Gerloff would be the first American rider to begin a MotoGP race for the reason that late Nicky Hayden stood in for the injured Dani Pedrosa at Honda in Australia again in 2016.
America’s final win within the prime class of grand prix racing got here at Assen again in 2011 courtesy of 2009 World Superbike champion Ben Spies, who was additionally driving a Yamaha.
Gerloff made his debut in WSBK with the GRT Yamaha satellite tv for pc squad in 2020 having come by way of the MotoAmerica ranks.
Scoring three podiums final yr, Gerloff added a fourth to his profession tally within the opening spherical of the marketing campaign at Aragon in Might within the Superpole race for the GRT squad.
Gerloff has no prior expertise of Assen, after final yr’s WSBK spherical was cancelled on account of COVID-19.