Loris Baz will see out the 2012 World Superbike Championship season with the factory Kawasaki team after doing enough to impress the manufacturer at Donington Park and Miller Motorsports Park.
The Frenchman was promoted to Kawasaki's available Superbike berth in place of the injured Joan Lascorz in the United Kingdom and the United States as there was no clash with his prior commitments with MRS Kawasaki in the Superstock 1000 Championship.
However, an eighth place finish on his first outing at Donington Park and points at the unfamiliar Miller Motorsports Park have prompted Kawasaki to hand Baz a full-time ride for the remainder of the season.
An excellent opportunity for the former European Superstock 600 champion, Baz recognises there is still much for him to learn, but he is confident he can show marked improvements from this weekend's round at Misano.
“I have been riding at Misano many times, not last year but many years before then, so I know the track and I think it can be good,” he said. “I think the track will be a bit more difficult than Donington or Miller for me, because my problems are in the slow corners at the moment and there are a lot of slow corners at Misano. I think I can learn where I am good and not so good there so I am still confident for the weekend.
“I hope I can get into Superpole for the first time and then if I can score again in both races I will be very happy. It would be good to have three dry days to get to know the bike properly at this track. Everyone is really professional in the team and knows their work.
“It is an official team so it is good to work with them. I have a lot of things to learn but we have been going better session-by-session. After Misano we have a test in Aragon, so hopefully after that we can make a good step.”
Baz's ride at Superstock front runners MRS Kawasaki will be assumed by Jeremy Guarnoni, who in turn is replaced by South African racer David McFadden at Pedercini Kawasaki.