Baz leaves Motorpoint

Loris Baz leaves Motorpoint Yamaha ahead of Brands Hatch BSB round
The Motorpoint Yamaha team has revealed that it has split with French rider Loris Baz with immediate effect ahead of this weekend's triple header at Brands Hatch.

The Rob Mac Racing-run team has revealed that an issue with Baz's backers have forced it into the decision, which means James Westmoreland is set to be the only Motorpoint rider in action this weekend in Kent.

Baz had sat just outside the top ten in the championship standings with his best finish coming in the opening race at Croft, where he finished fourth in challenging weather conditions.

"It is a great shame for Loris Baz that his backers have run into difficulty at a crucial time of his career,” team boss Rob McElnea said. “We as a team like many others have to work hard to raise racing budgets and catering for riders with sponsors is par for the course and the make up of most teams.

“In this current climate there are always going to be casualties and unfortunately Loris has been one of them, we hope to see Loris in the future."

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steve jackson - Unregistered

August 03, 2011 10:50 PM

Here again is a classic explanation to lots of people who think these boys are being handsomely paid to ride these bikes !! They aren't, and have to bring a large bundle of cash with them to help fund their own rides.

Joel - Unregistered

August 04, 2011 6:16 AM

Anther reason BSB is going to be all EVO's next year.. to keep cost down! Everyone in the AMA didnt like what DMG proposed in the AMA series, which was go from WSBK/BSB rules to Superstock rules, but in the end it has made racing more affordable and a bit more exciting, in which Im very happy for. With this current economy we are all suffering, as a spectator and the sport we love to watch.. I hope that WSBK follows in the same foot steps in order to keep racing competitive and exciting, I just would hate to see another team such as the Yamaha SBK team leave the series, along with with its riders that keep it exciting.

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