Ten Kate Yamaha’s Loris Baz will be straight back to WorldSBK action after a massive crash at the Bol d’Or last weekend saw his YART R1 burned to a crisp.
Erwan Nigon, running third aboard the SRC Kawasaki, was the first to go down on the oil closely followed by Baz, whose bike then collided with the Kawasaki.
Both bikes caught fire and were almost completely destroyed before marshals managed to extinguish the flames. Fortunately, both the riders and the marshals walked away uninjured.
“If there’s a positive to take from the Bol d’Or crash then it’s that it didn’t take as long to recover as it normally would after finishing a 24-hour race,” said Baz, who will be in front of his home crowd at Magny-Cours.
It will be great racing in front of my home crowd in Magny-Cours, although we know from the Bol d’Or test that it will take a few laps in FP1 on Friday to get a feel for the WorldSBK specification R1 and the Pirelli tyres again.
“The plan for this weekend is the same as it was for Portimão, but we need to ensure we do better in qualifying than we did in Portugal. If we can do that and get a good start in the races, then I think we can fight for a podium finish.
“Of course, it’s Magny-Cours, so we also need to keep our fingers crossed for good weather, especially as the bad weather seems to be following me around at the moment.