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Cycle News 2023 Issue 20 May 23

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VOLUME ISSUE MAY , P89 "I don't really have too many ties here," he says. "I knew in 2017 I wanted to race in the World Championship, so I started saving as much mon - ey as I could that year. I knew that if I was going to have an opportunity to go to the World Championship, it wasn't going to pay anything. I knew it was going to be kind of a shit deal, but a good opportunity. That's how it was going to be set up. So, I just started try - ing to set up my life around that possible opportunity. Then I kind of forced it. "In 2019, I was pretty vocal about wanting to go to World Su - perbike. It was the easiest connection to make because [Gerloff was on the factory Ya - maha team in MotoAmerica] it was Yamaha-to-Yamaha. I ended up going to Magny- Cours in France to plead my case. I didn't really think any - thing was going to come of it, but then I came back home with a contract signed! "I definitely forced the issue but I'm glad I did. I'm glad I took the chance and I'm glad I set my life up to be able to do it, so I wasn't locked down with a bunch of responsibilities here. I just knew what I wanted to do." His Andorran base has him deep in the heart of where the fastest riders in the world call home during the season. Jack Miller, Jorge Martin, Aleix and Pol Espargaro, Alex Rins, Brad and Darryn Binder are all neighbors, making training competitive but also a great place to make the all-impor - tant racing connections. "Andorra has a great sports residency program for the riders," Gerloff says. "It's a beautiful place to live, for sure. They didn't really need to convince me. It's nice, too, (Left) Gerloff says the BMW is miles apart from the Yamaha. (Below) The latter years with the Yamaha GRT team were trying to say the least.

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