Garrett Gerloff has been a member of the Yamaha “family” since he first broke onto the AMA road racing scene as a 16-year-old phenom in 2011. But that era will come to an end at the conclusion of the current season as the 27-year-old Texan will make the move to the Bonovo action BMW Racing team in the 2023 World Superbike Championship.
“Howdy, and welcome to the BMW Motorrad Motorsport family, Garrett Gerloff,” said BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director Marc Bongers in a team release. “We have always followed his development in WorldSBK over the past few years. He showed from the outset that he is fast and talented; he has now matured as a rider. We are thrilled to have Garrett on board for next season. We are confident that Garrett will fit very nicely into our squad of BMW Motorrad factory riders and will further strengthen our project. He will help the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team to take the next step towards the top next season.”
Gerloff, a two-time MotoAmerica Supersport Champion and a four-time MotoAmerica Superbike race winner, will join Frenchman Loris Baz on the team aboard BMW M 1000 Rs in what will be his fourth season of World Superbike racing.
Gerloff made his World Superbike debut with the GRT Yamaha team in 2020, earning a first podium in the series in Spain and garnering two additional podiums in his rookie season. Gerloff stood on the podium two more times in 2021 but has struggled to find that form in 2022.
Gerloff’s spot on the GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team will be filled by Australian Remy Gardner, the 2021 Moto2 World Champion. Irishman Eugene Laverty, the rider who Gerloff is replacing, will move into a management role with the team.