Ten Kate Yamaha’s Loris Baz returns to WorldSBK action this weekend at Jerez and is relishing the amount of track time the three-race format will bring.
The Frenchman tested at Misano last week in mixed conditions but was pleased with his shakedown run out on the R1 and believes that riding on another track he knows well will enable him to up his game from the first exit.
“While conditions at the Misano test weren’t ideal for me or the team, given that this was our first outing with the Yamaha R1, we were certainly all happy to be back,” said Baz.
We managed to work thought a lot at the test, although it would have been nice to get a third day with full dry conditions. But I was happy with the test; I managed to improve my lap time with every exit, which was cool, but I still need to work out how to get the best from the bike on a new tyre.
“Now we head into our first race weekend in Jerez, a track I know very well indeed, which is an advantage. It will be fun to race again and I’m really happy that we now have three races each weekend, because this provides us with more opportunity to learn the bike and the tyres.
“Friday will be about finding a base set-up on the bike and me finding my pace after such a long break from racing, but our goal is to try and reduce the gap to the front with each session. I’m looking forward to it.”