Daytona, FL March 15, 2012 – 16-year-old Daytona SportBike competitor, Garrett Gerloff, who rides a Yamaha YZF-R6® for the Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha team, suffered an unfortunate injury in the closing minutes of the first practice session for the 2012 Daytona 200.
Garrett momentarily lost traction and high-sided from his R6. The practice session was immediately red-flagged to a stop, and Garrett was quickly transported to nearby Halifax Health Medical Center of Daytona Beach where he was diagnosed with a fracture of his right femur.
According to Chuck Graves of Graves Motorsports, “Garrett was on the gas, in the top 10 on laptimes, and moving up when the incident occurred. Garrett was awake and alert throughout the ordeal, and he’s in good spirits despite what is an obvious setback. Our thoughts are with Garrett and his family, and we wish him a speedy recovery. We look forward to seeing him back aboard his Number 8 Yamaha R6 as soon as he is able.”
Belying his young age, Garrett is an experienced road racer, with many laps under his belt. In his AMA Pro Racing debut at New Jersey Motorsports Park last September, Garrett won his first-ever professional race in Saturday’s Daytona SportBike race at NJMP