VAN NUYS, Calif. – Two-time MotoAmerica Supersport champion Garrett Gerloff will move to the MotoAmerica Superbike class next season to race alongside Cameron Beaubier for the Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Superbike team.
Gerloff will replace veteran rider Josh Hayes, who is transitioning into an ambassador, rider coach and test rider role with Yamaha.
“Last year was a dream season for me,” Gerloff said. “I accomplished a lot of things on my list of goals. So, for me, I was ready for the next step. I have wanted to ride a Superbike for such a long time now, so for it to finally happen is amazing. I have some big shoes to fill.
“Taking the ‘Josh Hayes spot’ isn’t something I take lightly… it is an honor. If I can accomplish just a fraction of what he has, then I will be doing pretty well. Luckily, I’ve been able to ride the R1 Superbike a couple times already, and all I can say is that it is an animal. It’s so fast, but also smooth and agile. I couldn’t ask for a better machine with which to attack the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. I already feel right at home on the bike and with all of the amazing people on the team. It’s going to be a steep learning curve, but I’m more than ready for a challenge. And, with the whole package together, I know I can’t fail. I’m looking forward to an exciting 2018 aboard my No. 31 R1 Superbike.”
Gerloff has 19 MotoAmerica Supersport victories and has won the last two Supersport championships.