The starting grid for the 2022 season is taking shape more and more and, with two rounds left at the end of this year, the GRT Yamaha team also unveils the line-up for next year. Alongside the confirmed Garrett Gerloff we find another renewal: it is Kohta Nozane, who will continue with the Iwata satellite team also in 2022.
The Japanese, making his debut in the world championship this year, was not the protagonist of an explosive debut, quite the contrary. Despite a 2021 in the supporting positions, in which he has often been the last of the Yamaha riders, he has managed to gain the trust of the Iwata manufacturer, which believes him ready to take that next step that will lead him to fight for at least the top 10. .
Arriving in the world championship in 2021 as the winner of the JSB1000 All-Japan championship, Nozane had to adapt to a new bike, new tires and tracks unknown to him, a difficult job for the 25-year-old Japanese. However, in the overall standings he is the best rookie and fifth in the standings of independent riders, a result that convinced Yamaha to renew him for next year.
Andrea Dosoli, Yamaha Motor Europe Road Racing Manager, said: “Kohta showed great progress during his first season in World Superbike. It is not easy to adapt to new circuits, which are more familiar to most of the grid, and to a different bike than what he was used to. Despite these difficulties, we were impressed with the way he has improved and performed well in recent races. For next year we are confident that Kohta will be able to reach the next level, regularly fighting in the top 10 as he has shown he can do in some races this year. We are very happy to have him with us also for next season ”.