Baz committed to BMW and Bonovo for WorldSBK 2023| Christina Bulpett | WorldSBK
Loris Baz has been confirmed at Bonovo action for 2023 as the Frenchman strengthens his WorldSBK relationship with the BMW factory.
Teaming up with American Garrett Gerloff, as he moves across from GRT Yamaha, and in the experienced hands of current teammate Eugene Laverty - after the Northern Irishman was named as co-owner for the coming year - Baz is set for his eighth full season in the FIM Superbike World Championship, and his second with the German outfit.
“I am really happy to confirm that I will continue to race for Bonovo action and BMW next year,” Baz confirmed on Thursday.
“I never had any doubts about it, I started the project with the goal to be a long-term partner and improving year after year.
“I feel really good in the team and BMW is working harder than anyone else to achieve the goal we all have. I am also really happy to have a nice guy like Garrett as a teammate. I also have a very good relationship with Eugene, and it is really important for the team that we feel like a family. I am sure it will be the same with Garrett.
“Now the goal is to finish 2022 strong and go into the 2023 season with a good base. Thanks to Jürgen, Michael and everyone at BMW for the trust!”
The 29-year-old currently sits in twelfth overall in the WorldSBK standings after multiple top ten results and a highest finish of sixth from the first half of the year as he looks towards Barcelona and the Catalunya round this weekend.
“After a long break, it is great to race every two weeks again!” Baz said as the season picks up pace. “Magny-Cours showed that we have found a good base setup with the new package. It was really great to fight for the podium in the first race and from race to race I am getting more confident.
“Barcelona will be completely different though; we know how bad the grip is there and that will be a challenge concerning tyre degradation.
“We have already done a lot of work in testing there and I am sure we will find out more on Friday. It will also be important for me to make a step in Superpole to be closer to the front from the first lap.”