Baz surprises himself with PI top six

Kawasaki's Loris Baz impresses on his Phillip Island race debut to claim a 'surprise' top six finish.
Despite his weekend ending with a bruising first lap collision, Loris Baz was otherwise thrilled to be leaving the opening round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship with a keenly fought sixth place finish at Phillip Island.

Racing at the Australian venue for the first time, Baz's relative inexperience was seemingly apparent in the run up to the races as he struggled to make much progress beyond the mid-field, the Frenchman eventually qualifying 11th.

Nonetheless, Baz's pace would pique when it mattered in the first race as he worked his way into an entertaining dice for fourth place with Chaz Davies, Leon Haslam and Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes.

Briefly running as high as fifth, though a late error would demote Baz behind the pack, he was able to recover sixth on the final lap from Haslam, much to his delight – and surprise…

“Race one was a really good result. I was faster in the race than practice but we did not change much on the bike. On a track like this when you are with other people with more experience it helps because they are pulling you along. I was really surprised, because I was not checking my lap times, that on lap 11 I looked and saw a 1'31.8.

“I was happy with that! I was coming back on Tom and was going to pass Haslam but when I came up on Haslam I had a problem with the tyre so I went really wide. I passed Haslam on the last lap so I am really happy and for a time I was fighting for fourth place. “

Baz's hopes of building on that result in race two, however, were ended abruptly on lap one when he tangled with Chaz Davies and crashed out of the race.

“In race two I think Chaz lost the front going into MG, I got hit and my race was over. It was a shame, and I am sure I could have battled with Tom up front again but we have many more races this year to do it.”

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Baz after crash, Australian WSBK 2013, race 2
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Sykes, Donington WSBK 2017
Sykes, Donington WSBK 2017
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Sykes, Donington WSBK 2017
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Sykes, Donington WSBK 2017
Davies rear facing camera, Donington WSBK 2017
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Chaz Davies, Ducati [Credit: Ducati Media]
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Davies, Imola WSBK 2017
Sykes, Imola WSBK 2017

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roemer - Unregistered

February 25, 2013 11:24 AM

why surprising ? I'm sure he is going to show some real surprise this year, go Bazzz...hope nothing broken due to crash... anway here is your fan!!!!! go and get 'em


February 28, 2013 9:27 AM

Yeah, that's what everyone said at the beginning of last year, said there's NO WAY he'd beat Checa (Tyres just for Ducati) or Marco, he's just too good... Bla bla bla... We'll check in mid season mate. You can't compare just off the first round, the season is 15 rounds long and you're basing your entire year's prediction off the first round, which is Kwak's WORST track, with an injured rider.. Seems premature to me...

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