Garrett Gerloff will replace Franco Morbidelli for the Dutch Grand Prix in Assen, after Morbidelli exacerbated a knee injury.

The news means Gerloff will make his MotoGP debut at the crown jewel of the calendar in Assen, after doing Friday practice for Yamaha at last years European Grand Prix in place of Valentino Rossi.

Morbidelli will be back after the summer break, having exacerbated a knee injury he’s had since Le Mans while training. Gerloff finished 11th in last years’ World Superbike Championship, netting three podiums at Barcelona and Estoril.

“I’m excited for the opportunity ahead, I’m not someone who runs away from a challenge, so I’m ready to get to the track,” Gerloff said.

“It’ll be a new circuit for me, I like trying new tracks, it looks fun, fast and flowing, and really suits my riding style. We’ll see how things go, but I feel good and would like to thank Yamaha and the team for considering me. It won’t be easy, but I’m going to give it my best shot!”

Gerloff will not miss any WSBK rounds while subbing for Morbidelli. He sits sixth in the title with three rounds run.

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