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MotoGP Italy: Baz pays back Forward with top Open ride

"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" - Loris Baz.
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.

“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."

Tagged as: redding , baz

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June 01, 2015 3:44 PM

Ref Redding, all the factory spec Honda riders are having problems this year, they are all crashing. Redding with less experience with a team with no experience of a MotoGP Honda suffer the most. Honda are having one of their off-seasons.


June 01, 2015 6:11 PM
Last Edited 210 days ago

MattyMKO745: Second reason is that HRC has a long term plan installed for him..
Long term plans only last until they don't.......meaning, the plan will remain the plan until HRC decides that it is no longer the plan. I give Redding one more season on the factory bike if his results don't improve significantly. Manufacturers don't wait around long for results. What MVDS wants is irrelevant if HRC decide to take away the factory bike. While MVDS likely won't fire him, they might be stuck with another non-factory bike. The problem for Redding is twofold: everybody else on a factory bike is welllllllll inside the top 10. IF we are to believe all of the Redding fans, he's as talented as the front runners. While he is talented (as any professional racer is), he isn't THAT talented. People last year thought SR45 would show CC the way. Ehhhh, not so much!

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