Garrett Gerloff and how he’s preparing for the 2021 season
Together with Michael Ruben Rinaldi, the Texan was the absolutely positive surprise of the first Corona season. However, he had a resinous start to the season, which Sandro Cortese was not entirely innocent of. The Berkheimer had sent Gerloff to the hospital with a rather clumsy and above all unnecessary maneuver on Sunday morning when he had brought him down in the warm-up. But when the season really started after the forced Corona break, the Yamaha rider got better and better on the all new tracks in the old continent. Towards the end of the season he was sensationally strong and was constantly fighting for the podium. Now the US boy is starting to prepare for the second season, for which he offered an insight, combined with his impressions of the last few months.
Gerloff at the end of the 2020 season
“I returned to the USA in December”, stated Gerloff. “Basically, I just like being at home, I had missed my family and friends a lot since the summer and just wanted to go back and see everyone again. Christmas was just around the corner all of this was my biggest motivation to come home instead of staying in Europe for the winter. I stayed in Barcelona for quite a while after we finished the season and tested. I trained a lot in Spain before coming, but I knew that staying away from all of my family would not have been best for my mental fitness.”
How the Yamaha Hope spent the winter
The 25-year-old spent time with two coaches in winter, depending on Gerloff’s location at the time. In Europe, he trained with Aleix Santacreu, who is responsible for MotoGP star Maverick Viñales. In the USA he works with the trainer whom he had already trusted during his time in MotoAmerica. When preparations for the 2021 season began, Gerloff was driving two and four wheels on a local kart track and taking part in a Supercross event in his home state of Texas to watch the championship kick off in America.
Garrett Gerloff on his preparation for the 2021 season
„Aleix Santacreu is a really great trainer, and I was lucky enough to be part of his training group. I’m really looking forward to going back to Europe and working with him again before the new season starts. I’ve had a wonderful coach here for five years, he trains “The Texans” – the American football team. He also works with many bodybuilders and other athletes from various sports. My training program this winter wasn’t much different from in the past, but of course with the necessary precautions regarding Corona.”
How do you go on before a Europe starts the new season?
Gerloff: “I’ve done a lot of things here and also tried to enjoy being back home for a long time. It was really fun going to the supercross races. I stayed in one place downtown with a couple of my friends. The race was great. I also did a bit of karting and driving my Yamaha R3 on the track which was fun. I’ve also ridden the Yamaha YZ250 on my local motocross track. As you should understand, most of my life revolves around engines and four, or better still, two wheels. I was mostly on two wheels, but otherwise it was just good to relax again in between.“