Ten Kate Yamaha WorldSBK rider Loris Baz will return to endurance racing next month when he joins the YART team at the Bol d’Or.
Baz will ride alongside YART Yamaha regulars, and experienced endurance racers, Marvin Fritz and Niccolò Canepa, but the Frenchman is no stranger to either endurance racing or the YART Yamaha squad.
Baz was a winner of the Bol d’Or back in 2013, when the race was held at Magny-Cours, and he also raced alongside Steve Martin and Igor Jerman in the YART Yamaha Team in the 2011 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with the trio finishing on the podium in third place.
“I’m really happy to be making a return to endurance racing with YART Yamaha at the Bol d’Or. It wasn’t on the plan, but I’ve always loved EWC,” said Baz.
I have some really great memories from racing there and I have a good relationship with Mandy and the Yamaha guys so, when they called and my Ten Kate Yamaha team agreed that I could do it then of course I said yes.
“It will make September a tough month, but I’ve been training hard over the summer, so it won’t be a problem. I’m happy to be back with Mandy; I always call him Daddy, because he was one of the few people to give young riders the opportunity to race in EWC, including 18-year-old me back in 2011.
“We finished on the podium at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back then and it will be good to return to YART Yamaha for the Bol d’Or, where the aim has to be to secure the win for Yamaha with Niccolò and Marvin.”