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Cycle News 2023 Issue 20 May 23

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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G arrett Gerloff is a man with a glow. The ever-smiling 27-year-old is now in his fourth season in WorldSBK and his first professional year on any - thing other than a Yamaha since his early teens. He radiates the kind of satisfaction that comes from a life meticulously planned and executed, one that comes from hard work and sacrifice that only the people with true drive can experience. Once a stalwart of the Mo - toAmerica paddock, Gerloff is now (almost) a fully-fledged European living in the European racing capital of Andorra, fluent in Spanish, Catalan, and with enough comprehension to get by in Italian. And he's learning INTERVIEW I BONOVO ACTION BMW'S GARRETT GERLOFF P86 The smile has returned to Garrett Gerloff's face after a couple of tough years on the Yamaha. BY RENNIE SCAYSBROOK I PHOTOS BY BRAD SCHWARTZROCK AND GOLD & GOOSE TEXAN GARRETT GERLOFF IS FULLY ENSCONCED IN THE WORLDSBK CHAMPIONSHIP THESE DAYS AND LOVING THE EUROPEAN LIFE. WE RECENTLY CAUGHT UP WITH HIM FOR A CHAT THE HIGH LIFE German, but only knows "all the bad words," thanks to his German colleagues in his BMW team. "I'm somebody that likes to experience new cultures and meet new people," Gerloff says. "I've learned so much about the world and really got to see from the inside different people. It's been cool." Gerloff knew his would be a path away from the comforts of his Texan home, and organized his life to make the best possible use of a shot that only comes once—twice if you're really lucky—in your life, and his story is one any aspiring racer should take note of. LIVING

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