American rider Gerloff was involved in a series of top-level clashes with other riders in the first part of his second WSBK season, including Jonathan Rea at Aragon and Michael Ruben Rinaldi at Estoril.
But he made the headlines when he knocked out compatriot Yamaha Toprak Razgatlioglu in the first corner of the final Assen weekend race in July, earning him a sharp reprimand from the Turkish rider as well as by Rea and Scott Redding.
Gerloff said following the incident that he “cleaned the air” with Razgatlioglu, but his form has declined since then as he has failed to finish in the top five in any of the three laps since.
That compares to six top five before Assen’s crash, including a third-place finish at Aragon and a second-best career tie at Donington Park.
“I certainly would not have imagined that things would have turned out the way they did,” Gerloff said in an interview with the official WSBK website. “It’s been a tough year. I expected more of myself and I’m just disappointed with the way things turned out.
“I wish I could change some things for sure. I’m working to try to keep changing those things and come back to where I think I should be and can be.
“I feel so bad for my team, I put them through hell this year. I feel like we had a few good times, but they were overshadowed by other things that happened.
“I’m really working to make a difference because I know I can do it, and I know who I am and it’s really, really hard with the things that have happened this year. They don’t match who I know that I am.
“It’s definitely a tough thing. I’m doing my best to try to get back on track and try to get back to where I know I can be.”
Garrett Gerloff, GRT Yamaha WorldSBK team
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Gerloff, who sits ninth in the standings with five innings to go, added that the situation had an impact on his mental well-being.
“It’s tough mentally,” he said. “I’ve never been in this situation before. I’ve never seen anything like this in my career. So it really feels like new territory. I’m just trying to move on. impression of working there. “
Gerloff finished 11th overall last year in his rookie WSBK season after leaving MotoAmerica, but has finished the season with three podiums in the last seven races, giving hope for his second campaign with GRT and Yamaha.
“Definitely 12 months ago is really very long and also very short,” said the Texan. “I feel like I remember exactly how I felt 12 months ago like it was yesterday, it was an amazing feeling.
“I had taken the risk to come to Europe. It was something I knew I could do. I felt like I knew I could get on the podium.
“And then it was a tough season at the start of last year, but finally finishing on the podium was like the most unreal confirmation more or less that I wasn’t crazy. And it’s a nice feeling.”