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WSBK Assen: Race tyre gamble puts Baz career-best fifth
27 April 2013
Loris Baz will start from a career-best fifth position on the grid at Assen after a late dash on race tyres unexpectedly hauled him up the order during Superpole.
The Frenchman has been in strong form around the Dutch circuit so far this weekend, despite nursing a leg injury following a fall during the wet opening day of free practice.
It was form he would go on to replicate in Superpole as he made it into SP3 once again, though it seemed he would be consigned to the third row of the grid after a mistake on his qualifying tyre prevented him from getting the most out of the Kawasaki ZX-10R.
Undeterred, Baz returned to the circuit at the end of the session with a race tyre fitted to his bike and proceeded to set his fastest lap time of the weekend, lifting him to the second row and fifth position on the grid, much to his delight.
“I did my best time with a race tyre right at the end. I went straight on and with my second lap on the qualifier but the grip was not really good so I came in to put on a race tyre. I was sure I could improve on my previous time so I went out and did my best lap of the weekend on a race tyre.
“I really like this track and because it is not so much stop and go, it feels nice and smooth to ride. It is more like Phillip Island than Aragon so I am looking forward to the race now.
“I had a big crash yesterday, landed on my leg and hip, so I cannot really push yet in right hand corners. I have to do a lot of the work moving around on the bike with my arm, which means that it is getting tired before my leg.
“I will take some time in the Clinica Mobile tonight to get a massage be ready for the races. I feel good about tomorrow. I am not sure where I can be but I will do my best.”