Gerloff would never ride a MotoGP bike on the COTA / MotoGP

The MotoGP aces criticized the many bumps on the 5.513 km long “Circuit of The Americas”, sometimes violently. The American Superbike World Championship rider Garrett Gerloff knows: It is not unfounded whining.

“It’s a joke,” was the first comment by World Cup leader Fabio Quartararo about the track conditions in Austin. “It’s dangerous,” said nine-time world champion Valentino Rossi. Aprilia works driver Aleix Espargaró railed: “This route is not safe and it is not acceptable to drive here.”

While the MotoGP World Championship was in his home country of Texas, Garrett Gerloff was at the Superbike World Championship meeting in Portimão, Portugal. The 26-year-old American also drove the Yamaha M1 this season as a replacement for Franco Morbidelli in the Petronas Yamaha Team – at the Dutch TT in Assen at the end of June. He showed understanding for the complaints of the MotoGP stars.

“The slope in Assen is very flat, but I can definitely say that it felt very undulating on the GP bike. Because there were small bumps, the motorcycle was very unstable, ”said Gerloff. A month later it was completely different on the Yamaha R1: “When I was there on the superbike, I didn’t notice any bumps on the track.”

“A GP bike is made for a flat surface, you can feel every bump, everything. So I can imagine how it is on the COTA. Because I know how big the bumps are there. Now that I have a better understanding of what a GP bike is like, I would never want to race a MotoGP bike there – never. With the R1, yes, because it absorbs the bumps better, but never in life on a GP bike ”, affirmed the GRT Yamaha rider.

Loris Baz said that the COTA still had the best surface in MotoAmerica. “Yes, in America we never had level slopes, I was used to that when I drove there,” Gerloff confirmed with a laugh.

After his MotoGP experience, the third in the US Superbike Championship 2019 is aware: “What [die MotoGP-Piloten] say is true. In the past I would have said that they were just complaining … But no, after I’ve ridden a GP bike, I understand exactly what they mean. “

The position of the MotoGP riders is clear after the Safety Commission meeting: they will only want to contest a Grand Prix on the COTA in the coming year if the surface and the subsurface of turns 2 to 10 is renewed.

MotoGP results, Austin (October 3rd):

1. Marc Márquez, Honda, 20 laps in 41: 41.435 min
2. Quartararo, Yamaha, + 4,679 sec
3. Bagnaia, Ducati, + 8.547
4. Rins, Suzuki, + 11,098
5. Martin, Ducati, + 11,752
6. Bastianini, Ducati, + 13,269
7. Miller, Ducati, + 14,722
8. Mir *, Suzuki, + 13.406
9. Binder, KTM, + 15,832
10. Pol Espargaró, Honda, + 20,265
11. Oliveira, KTM, + 23,055
12. Alex Marquez, Honda, + 24,743
13. Dovizioso, Yamaha, + 25,307
14. Marini, Ducati, + 26.853
15. Rossi, Yamaha, +28,055
16. Lecuona, KTM, +30,989
17. Nakagami, Honda, +35,251
18. Petrucci, KTM, + 42.239
19. Morbidelli, Yamaha, + 49.854
– Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia, 12 laps back
– Zarco, Ducati, 15 laps back

* = Penalty for irresponsible driving style, moved one seat back.

Status of the drivers’ championship after 15 of 18 races:

1. Quartararo 254 Points. 2. Bagnaia 202. 3. Mir 175. 4. Miller 149. 5. Zarco 141. 6. Binder 131. 7. Marc Márquez 117. 8. Aleix Espargaró 104. 9. Viñales 98. 10. Oliveira 92. 11. Martin 82. 12. Rins 81. 13. Bastianini 71. 14. Nakagami 70. 15. Pol Espargaró 70. 16. Alex Márquez 54. 17. Morbidelli 40. 18. Lecuona 38. 19. Petrucci 37. 20. Marini 30. 21 .Rossi 29. 22. Bradl 13. 23. Pirro 8. 24. Pedrosa 6. 25. Savadori 4. 26. Dovizioso 3. 27. Rabat 1.

Constructors’ championship:
1. Ducati 291 Punkte 2. Yamaha 282. 3. Suzuki 197. 4. KTM 185. 5. Honda 173. 6. Aprilia 105.

Team-WM:
1. Ducati Lenovo 351 Punkte. 2. Monster Energy Yamaha 349. 3. Suzuki Ecstar 256. 4. Pramac Racing 227. 5. Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 223. 6. Repsol Honda 194. 7. LCR Honda 124. 8. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 111. 9. Esponsorama Racing Ducati 101. 10. Tech3 KTM Factory Racing 75. 11. Petronas Yamaha SRT 72.

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