Garrett Gerloff finished ninth in the first World Superbike race of the season at the Aragon Circuit in Spain.

GRT Yamaha WorldSBK’s Garrett Gerloff opened his sophomore World Superbike season with a ninth-place finish in the first race of the season at the Aragon Circuit in Spain, the Texan struggling with grip issues that pushed him own the order in the closing laps.

The race was won by Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK’s Jonathan Rea, the six-time World Superbike Champion winning the 100th World Superbike race of his career.

Rea beat his teammate Alex Lowes by 3.9 seconds, the Brit in a battle to the very end with Pata Yamaha’s Topak Razgatlioglu, Racing Ducati’s Scott Redding and Team GoEleven’s Chaz Davies. Those four were covered by less than a second.

Sixth place went to BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team’s Tom Sykes with Redding’s teammate Michael Ruben Rinaldi seventh. Team HRC’s Leon Haslam, Gerloff and Pata Yamaha’s Andrea Locatelli rounded out the top 10.