Garrett Gerloff aims for 2022 “more normal”

US rider Gerloff is heading to the final round of the 2021 season in Indonesia after clinching two podiums so far, but a number of high-profile incidents have disrupted his campaign.

The most important of these came at Assen, where Gerloff collided with fellow Yamaha rider Toprak Razgatlioglu at Turn 1 – the consequences of which he admitted took a toll on his mental well-being.

Gerloff scored his first top five since that episode last month at Portimao, but suffered another frustrating weekend last time at El Villicum, where he managed a better seventh place. This leaves the GRT rider eighth in the standings with just Mandalika’s season finale to run.

Earlier in the year, Gerloff secured a new contract to stay with GRT and Yamaha in 2022, as the 26-year-old aims to win a first race while avoiding some of the problems he has suffered this season.

“It’s good to know that they [Yamaha] I want to keep going and we have everything finalized for next year, ”Gerloff told Motorsport.com. “It’s definitely positive and I appreciate their support and I really want to do my best for Yamaha as a company.

“I would really like to win one race at least. It would be nice, it’s something I was hoping to do this year. I mean, this year is not over, but I would really like to win a race and just to have a more normal year, let’s say. That’s the wait, a normal year, hopefully. “

Gerloff has made a MotoGP outing this season as an injury replacement for Franco Morbidelli for the Petronas SRT Yamaha team at Assen, and has made no secret of his desire to move on to Grand Prix racing full time.

However, the Texan runner stressed that he hopes to be able to make the jump on merit and not just because of his nationality.

“I think for the United States it would be really good [to have an American rider in MotoGP]”He said.” It’s surprising there hasn’t been one in so long, but I would love to be this guy someday.

“But I want to understand everything here [in WSBK] and I try to keep improving, because I really want to win the race and I don’t want to go to MotoGP because I have a good passport. I want to go because they want me there for my speed, my talent, whatever. We’ll see.”

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