Garrett Gerloff’s rookie WorldSBK campaign finished with three podiums to his name as he took his Yamaha YZF R1 to the rostrum. For 2021, the American will have the 2021 bike at his disposal as he sticks with the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team.
Gerloff spent most of the past decade finding success at each rung of the USA motorcycling ladder. After picking up multiple trophies and wins in the WERA National series and the Daytona Sportbike championship, Gerloff landed in the MotoAmerica Supersport class in 2015, finishing 3rd on his first attempt. He would go two better in 2016 and again in 2017, becoming a two-time champion by the age of 22.
This success earned him a move up to the MotoAmerica Superbike class in 2018, in the factory Yamaha squad. Gerloff dealt with the steep learning curve admirably, picking up five podiums on course to fifth in the standings in his rookie year, but his sophomore season is when Gerloff truly shone. Four wins and a further 11 podiums across 20 races were enough to claim third in the standings in 2019 – just 51 points off the Champion.
His first breakthrough in WorldSBK came at the Catalunya Round as he converted strong pace throughout the weekend into third place, before following that up with a double podium at the season-ending Estoril Round.