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Cycle News 2023 Issue 20 May 23

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INTERVIEW I BONOVO ACTION BMW'S GARRETT GERLOFF P90 that it's almost like mid-Europe to where you can get to Spain and Portugal and also France and Germany and Italy all easily. It's in the middle. So, it made sense as far as that went, although it'd be nice if I had a few visitors from home! I've been giving my friends and family hell that they never come and visit." Gerloff has good reason to want a few visitors as he's got a brand new, very different bike and team and is part of the global BMW motorsport family. Part of a four-rider attack with factory riders Scott Redding and the injured Michael van Der Mark, and his teammate in the Bonovo Action BMW team, former MotoAmerica rider, Loris Baz, Gerloff is rediscovering the joy a cohesive team environment can bring even if the results are still not where he'd like or expect them to be. "I'm just having a lot of fun," he says. "The bike is really fun to ride. It's one of the reasons I've enjoyed myself so much. Even though we're still struggling with stuff, and we haven't had the best results, just getting on the bike and firing it up and everything and the speed it has, the power it has, it's really fun to ride." The BMW is by far the most tech- laden bike on the WorldSBK grid and this is one of the things he's had to get used to compared to the near analog feeling of the crossplane crank Yamaha he spent the first three WorldSBK years on. A debut podium in Catalunya in 2020 showed the world the speed Gerloff has when all the pieces gel correctly.

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