Loris Baz will not return to the British Superbike Championship in 2012 after penning a deal to ride the MRS Kawasaki ZX-10R in the FIM Superstock 1000 Championship.
The Frenchman made his BSB debut before the end of the 2010 season, the youngster quickly becoming a fan favourite as he signed to stay on at Motorpoint Yamaha in 2011.
However, despite some promising performances, budget issues would force him out of the ride mid-season, prompting him to tackle stints in the IDM Superbike Championship, the World Endurance Championship and the FIM Superstock series.
It is with the latter where he will remain in 2012, long-time Yamaha rider Baz returning to the stock series with Kawasaki following the Japanese manufacturer's decision to withdraw at World Superbike level
"I managed to make a good deal with Adrien and Kawasaki. Coming back to Superstock was not exactly the first thing that came to mind, but now I'm here things look good and I'm sure they will go better than in 2009 and 2010. On my side I think I'll have every chance of winning, so it should be a good year.
“I went to race in the UK for two reasons: to stay with Yamaha, but not in Superstock, and learn the electronics. But now the importance of electronics will be reduced and Yamaha has stopped its Superbike programme entirely. A return to Stock is not so bad because I'll be on a good bike and I reckon I can win some races. My aim is to move up to World Superbike in 2013."