MotoGP rookie Loris Baz finished as the top Open rider in Sunday's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.

The Forward Yamaha rider repeated his career-best twelfth place at the previous Le Mans event, this time crossing the finish line 3.5s from Scott Redding's Factory class Honda.

"I'm really pleased with the outcome of this race," Baz said. "I knew I would have suffered in terms of speed, but I had a good pace. I started well, I immediately closed the gap with the other Open bikes and I kept my pace.

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"With ten laps to go I started to have some tyre problems and I had to slow down a little to make it to the finish. I'm happy [because] at the end of last season I did not have a bike but Giovanni and the team believed in me, we worked hard and this is the best way to repay their commitment."

Meanwhile the race saw more disappointment for Redding, who began the race just 17th, then dropped to 19th after running wide.

"On lap two I went deep into the first corner and lost all the places I'd gained," Redding confirmed. "I couldn't get the rear tyre to work at the beginning to go with the group in front. And the track was quite greasy and the bike felt heavy and I was struggling to change direction. I need to improve but we will continue working hard and sticking together to help me be more competitive."

Marc VDS team principal Michael Bartholemy added: "It was another very difficult race and we just don't have the pace that the others in front of us have. We have to perform better than we are at the moment because, with our equipment, we have to be finishing higher up the order."