Loris Baz has declared himself happy with a top ten finish at the Moscow Raceway after struggling to replicate the form that took him to a shock World Superbike Championship win at Silverstone.
Taking advantage of an improvement in set-up to qualify ninth on the grid, Baz was racing on the fringes of the top ten in race one when he was run off course by the falling PATA Ducati of Sylvain Guintoli, though the Frenchman would recover to 11th.
Faring better in race two, Baz spent much of his race battling with Ayrton Badovini, but while he would lose out to the Italian by the chequered flag, the high attrition rate would help him to ninth place at the finish.
Pleased to turn in another top ten finish at the end of a difficult weekend, Baz continues to hold down 13th position in the overall standings.
“In race one I was there just waiting on the track to dry because in those conditions there is only one line,” he said. “I tried to pass one rider but another rider tried to pass me in turn 11 and he crashed and I ran wide, so think we lost some pressure in the rear tyre after that.
“I was sliding all around. Race two was not so bad but I could not follow any pace any higher than my own. I had three or four very hard laps where I could not have the same pace as Leon Camier and Ayrton Badovini. I always know that we can take back some difference later on and I tried hard to pass Badovini but he always passed me back.
“I am happy to be ninth after all we had this weekend. It did not start very well but it ended up with two finishes in the points and one top ten.”