Loris Baz is already turning his attentions to the 2013 World Superbike Championship, despite his 2012 campaign coming to an abrupt end with a spectacular crash that necessitated a trip to the local hospital.
The Frenchman will enter into a full-time campaign with Kawasaki next season after producing a series of impressive performances since coming on board as the full-time replacement for the injured Joan Lascorz.
Even so, Silverstone race winner Baz will need to first overcome the injuries sustained in an accident during the final race of the year at Magny-Cours when he slipped on a wet patch and barrelled off the circuit.
Taking a hit on the back and ribs, Baz would visit the local hospital when he also developed head pains and though he was later given the all-clear, he admits he isn't '100 per cent'.
“It was not the kind of home race weekend I wanted but we got a bit unlucky when we lost some track time early in practice,” said Baz, who finished tenth in the first race. “I got sick on Saturday as well so it was not easy to ride but felt a bit better in the races.
“I started off confident to have a good result in the wet race one but I just did not have the same feeling as I had in warm-up. Had I not run-on I think I had the pace for about seventh or eighth.
“Following Max in race two I just hit a slippery patch and had a very big high-side crash. I had a bad pain in my back and ribs but nothing was broken and then I developed a sore head. We went to hospital for tests just to check but everything is OK.
“We have some testing on the bike again soon so it is good to not have any injuries and although I am not 100 per cent fit right now, I will be OK for testing which will really help our preparations for next year.”