The American rider has been battling for form since colliding with compatriot Yamaha Toprak Razgatlioglu in the Assen round in July, his last podium being on Independence Day at Donington Park.
However, fifth place in Portimao’s final race on Sunday marked Gerloff’s best result since then, and followed a solid sixth place in Saturday’s opener, then an eighth in a wet Superpole race.
Far from celebrating a return to the top five, however, Gerloff stressed that an early mistake had cost him places and the potential to fight for an even better result aboard his GRT Yamaha R1 satellite.
“When we got the delay at the start I know from what the Pirelli guy told us everyone’s tire pressure dropped,” said Gerloff. “So the first few laps it all looked super weird, I just felt like the bike was really tight, really tied.
“But I guess the Pirelli guy was saying it was because the tire pressure was a lot lower and so you had more flexibility in the carcasses and everything, and it felt like the bike was tied up.
“Anyway, I just didn’t have very good first laps, struggled with that a bit, then hit a wet spot on the last corner and almost got panicked, I almost had the biggest fall of my life, I went from eighth or ninth to 12, because a few guys passed me. “
He added: “I’m sick of making mistakes like that. I just want a clean race, because I feel good, I feel like I have a good pace at the end of the race, it’s just trying to bring it together.
“I’m just frustrated. I know I can do better than that. I’ll do my best, but it’s been tough. But at least I could make the top five.”
Gerloff is confident that his lack of experience next weekend at Argentina’s El Villicum facility won’t be a hindrance, as he looks to finish his second WSBK on a high note after a brief trip to the United States. .
“The [El Villicum] The track looks cool, it looks different and cool, so I’m excited to go, “he said.” Indonesia will be cool because it’s a new track, for everyone therefore starts from a level playing field.
“I feel good when I go to a new track, I almost like it when you go to a new track. It’s a clean slate and I also love learning new tracks. I’m confident that I can have some good feelings right away. “