Reale Avintia Racing's Loris Baz said the absence of winglets on his Ducati GP15 has led to some scary moments through the ultra-fast right-hander at the end of the back straight at Misano.

The Ducati GP15 rider has a machine originally designed for the original winglets, while only the GP17 riders have fairings featuring the new generation of 'covered winglets'.

“In Q1 I hoped to be closer to the front, but in my second time attack I didn’t find any reference and had to do the lap on my own. Overall the day has gone quite well and I think we have a good pace for the race.

"In the fastest turn we lose too much, because this bike was designed to go with winglets and now there is not enough weight on the front," said the Frenchman, who qualified 15th.

"I had some big moments at that point during the weekend and to be honest, it is scary to lose the front when you go at 300km/h [187mph].

"Now we wait what the weather will be tomorrow because if it rains, we can do well."

Team-mate Hector Barbera, who qualified 13th on the wingless GP16, is also hoping the forecast rain can help his chances.

"If it doesn´t rain, my goal is to be in the top ten. But if it rains, we can dream of something more”


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We want to hear what Bradley Smith thinks of his chances.

What do you mean? Smith's chances of staying in the KTM factory team? Or Smith's chances of being replaced by Loris Baz? In all fairness, Baz, deserves another season as he's really shone this year on a two year old motorcycle. Smith needs to regroup, and so, a move to BSB is surely his best bet of regaining any momentum, or back to Moto2.

Baz's height is his disadvantage. He's bigger than most bikes on that grid. He'd lose many kph in acceleration compared to say young EsP on the KTM.