Loris Baz says he can feel pleased with his World Superbike Championship debut at Donington Park after notching up a top ten finish from 18th on the grid.
The Frenchman stepped into the available berth at Kawasaki for the British round of the series, the Superstock 1000 front runner taking time of acclimatise to the ZX-10R during practice and qualifying as he missed out on making Superpole.
Nonetheless, having signalled progress in the first race as he climbed to 16th by its conclusion, Baz would ascend even further up the order in race two to take eighth place at the chequered flag.
Though the youngster accepts that he made ground due to accidents ahead of him, he points out that his pace relative to the race leaders was good considering his lack of experience at this level.
“Race two was really good, to be eighth is a result even if there were some crashes from other riders. I think it would have been about 13th or 14th without those and that is really positive for a first race. But crashes are part of racing and I took some good opportunities.
“If you look at my lap times I did nearly all my laps alone in front of a group and if you take off the first lap I was about 0.9 seconds from the pace of the fastest riders, like Tom, Rea or Melandri. Less than one second from the top riders in my first race at this level is pretty good.”