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WSBK Assen: Back to the day job for 24hr winner Baz
24 April 2013
Loris Baz is confident he won't need to reacclimatise to the rigours of World Superbike competition at Assen following his race-winning turn at the historic Bol d'Or 24 hour endurance event over the weekend.
The Frenchman teamed up with Gregory Leblanc and Jeremy Guarnoni to seal a dominant victory for Kawasaki at the iconic Magny-Cours race, the first for the manufacturer since 1997.
Turning his attentions to his regular ride in the World Superbike Championship, though Baz acknowledges the mental and physical differences in going from endurance competition to short track racing in less than a week, he has played down suggestions it will take time to re-adapt.
“After a 24-Hour race they say you maybe need a week off to feel OK. I knew April would be a hard month for me from the beginning but I think my head is pushing my body because I feel fresh! I do not feel like I have just done a 24-hour race. I am really looking forward to Assen and I am already thinking about this event and concentrating on it.
“Even on the night after the Bol d'Or I was doing some laps of Assen in my head, as the specifications of the SBK bike and Endurance bikes are not the same. I do not want to even take one free session to feel just OK on the KRT bike; I want to work at a good level from the beginning. I am going to rest for a couple of day now and I am sure I will be 100 per cent ready for the Assen race.
“I think it will be a really good one for us because I like the track and I think the bike will work really well there. Hopefully we can have nice weather to let us continue our good work and I have been speaking with my crew chief Pere Riba already about how we can make our race pace even better than it was in Motorland. I am looking forward to working again with the team at Assen.”
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