Having landed in World Superbike last season, Garrett Gerloff could say that he’s found his second home. The American is ideally suited to the environment and has proved competitive since the final rounds of 2020, during which he a consistent frontrunner. He went on holiday with a total of three podiums to his name and this year he’s stronger than ever, sixth in the standings after the first three rounds and looking a lot like Giancarlo Falappa in how he rides his Yamaha R1.

The similarity

Competing for the GRT Yamaha team, Gerloff has been showing his stuff since last season, following his instinct with just one goal – if the slightest space opens up, he’s straight in. A little like Falappa, whose riding style was all about opening the throttle where others came off it. In doing so, the “Leone di Jesi” made his mark with the Ducati in the early 90s, until destiny stepped in that is.

Full marks from us

Gerloff perfectly embodies the spirit of Superbike and lies sixth in the championship after three rounds, showing that he is here to do big things. He’s only scored one podium so far this year, in the Superpole Race at Aragon, but the 25-year old has all the professionalism to run up front. He has it all, except perhaps a factory bike. Which we hope he gets in 2022. He’s deserved it after all.

Translated by Heather Watson

WorldSBK, Kawasaki, Yamaha, Honda and BMW at Navarra for reconnaissance