Loris Baz insists he will be more than happy with a run to Superpole 2 and a pair of top eight results at this weekend's World Superbike round at the Moscow Raceway, despite claiming a shock 1-2 finish last time out at Silverstone.
The Frenchman, who only made his WSBK debut with Kawasaki five rounds into the 2012 season, has produced a series of superb performances in recent races, breaking his podium duck at Brno before claiming a stunning win and second place finish in tricky conditions at Silverstone.
Results that have propelled him up the overall leaderboard, Baz nonetheless maintains that he is still making progress on the ZX-10R and though this weekend's inaugural round in Russia will present a leveller playing field than usual, he is keeping his targets fairly modest in comparison.
“After what happened at Silverstone I feel really good, as you may imagine,” he said. “Maybe the fact that we go to a new track is going to help us a little bit because everybody will start the same on the bike. But, the same as every race, I want to learn and work, go step-by-step, and then on Saturday we will see where we are.
“By then we will know more or less where we will be for the race. If the weather is good then getting onto the third row of the grid, getting into Superpole 2, would be good. Into Superpole 3 would be perfect. If I can take two top eight places on race day I will be really happy.”
Baz's win at Silverstone made him the second-youngest winner in WSBK and made Kawasaki the only team to have won races with both of its riders this season.