WSBK » Baz exceeds expectations on Phillip Island debut


Kawasaki's Loris Baz impresses on his Phillip Island race debut to claim a 'surprise' top six finish.

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roemer - Unregistered

February 25, 2013 11:24 AM

why surprising ? I'm sure he is going to show some real surprise this year, go Bazzz...hope nothing broken due to crash...
anway here is your fan!!!!!

go and get 'em

prof-x - Unregistered

February 25, 2013 11:01 PM

Kawasaki have the same problems as Ducati in MotoGP I fear. Unfortunately this is not a prototype class and Sykes has yet to win a race in the dry on those slicks. This is why the single control tire is a joke, especially when its not prototype racing. Kawasaki would have to redo their whole line to change their bikes to work with a tire that only is offered in WSBK?

That wouldnt make much sense unless Kawasaki had some sort of agreement with Pirelli. Kawasaki cannot afford to build their bikes around WSBK Specs, which are subject to change on which ever direction Pirelli decide to go with their tires.

4th to 8th place is as good as a Kawsaki will finish in the dry I am afraid. Aprilia seemed to be the best suited to those tires, at least at PI. I hope they dont blow it out of the water like Checa in 2011 when the 4's couldnt make the tires last at all.

Nick636

February 26, 2013 7:16 AM

@ prof-x

I agree that control tyres suck, but I'm afraid you're ill-informed. At Brno last year Tom fought Marco ALL the way to the end. In the first race, both him and Baz were right up at the front with only the first 4/5 laps being damp. Tom's win at Russia was also dry (with the first few laps DAMP). Tom would also have been on the podium in the dry at Aragon had Badovini not taken him out. Ad to that his double dry podiums at Imola and double podiums in a dry Donnington with the dry podium at PI, we might see that the Kawasaki can well run at the front in the dry.

prof-x - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 3:53 PM

ifs and buts, where the performance of the Pirelli control tire in WSBK is concerned Tom cannot win on that tire if the others are meeting their own potential with in the performance envelope of the tires.

Sorry nick, but Pirelli have built a tire and the Kawasaki is not on it's menu. Dont be surprised to see Aprilia walk away with the title this year, 'big style.' Not only because they have major factory backing/interest but because their bike gets the most out of those tires.

BTW, Aprilia's line up are much more 'hungrier' than Max, I cant see anyone beating Aprilia this year except for maybe Marco.

Sorry bud, your guy is gonna get trounced by Aprilia this year, even if he can get the fastest lap times.

Aprilia might even sweep the podiums at Brno this year too.

& No, I am not wrong, he has not won a 'DRY' race on that bike yet, from start to finish, 8 laps at Monza dont really count do they. Even though it should have been classified wet.

Sykes has a shot when everyone's

prof-x - Unregistered

February 26, 2013 3:54 PM

... tires are critical, because he has a good way with the front of his bike, but it's clear he will continue to suffer when other bikes are getting more and more out of their tires.

Nick636

February 28, 2013 9:27 AM

Yeah, that's what everyone said at the beginning of last year, said there's NO WAY he'd beat Checa (Tyres just for Ducati) or Marco, he's just too good... Bla bla bla... We'll check in mid season mate. You can't compare just off the first round, the season is 15 rounds long and you're basing your entire year's prediction off the first round, which is Kwak's WORST track, with an injured rider.. Seems premature to me...

Nick636

February 28, 2013 9:30 AM

PS. You said he can't COMPETE in the dry, which he did, podiums are competitive, and Brno was the most hotly contested round last year, it was dry, BOILING hot and he fought to the last.

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