Loris Baz says he didn't want to 'make a stupid mistake' in trying to overtake Tom Sykes towards the end of the second World Superbike race at Misano, but was otherwise pleased with his run to the top eight.
The Frenchman came into the weekend on a high having been offered a full-time ride with Kawasaki to the end of the season and duly celebrated by proving a top ten contender during free practice and qualifying.
Going on to secure 11th on the grid, though Baz's hopes of points in race one were ruined by a technical problem, he made good gains in the second race to be dicing with his pole sitting team-mate Sykes and Michel Fabrizio
in the closing stages.
Though they would eventually cross the line in the order of Fabrizio-Sykes-Baz, the youngster admits he probably had the speed to get past both riders for a top six finish, but did not want to risk compromising his title challenging team-mate.
“I had a problem in race one, with the electronics in the gear shifter, after five laps,” he said. “I tried to ride without it for ten laps but it became a bit risky, so I came in. I knew I had a good race pace so I think in race one I could have finished between tenth and 12th, something like that.
“In race two I tried to start a bit better, which I did not do! Then I tried to go faster in the first few laps and then our race pace was really good, so I could come back to Laverty, Tom and some other riders.
“I was comfortable where I was so I did not want to make a stupid mistake trying to overtake Tom. For me eighth is really good. I would have like to try and pass Tom but I did not want to take any risks.”