In the week that saw him become the youngest ever winner of the legendary Bol d'Or 24 endurance race, Loris Baz comes away from Assen having picked up another trophy for his run to third position in race two.
A competitive weekend from start-to-finish for the young Frenchman, though Baz's chances in race one were compromised by grip problems as he circulated for a distant fifth place finish, he would go on to show his racing mettle with a battling run to third in the second encounter.
Showing maturity beyond his years, Baz would fend off Jonathan Rea and Sylvain Guintoli – both race winners at Assen -, to hold on for third position, completing an ultra-successful week for both himself and Kawasaki.
“The last lap was just too long for me because I wanted to get it finished,” he said. “We went top five and then onto the podium today in dry conditions so I just want to thank all the team and the people in Kawasaki who have made a good job on this bike to make it better for my style and my weight.
“I thought my pace was good enough to fight in the group ahead of me in race one but I do not know what happened because I had no grip in the rear right at the start so maybe I did not warm the tyre enough.
“It was strange and it has never happened before, so I lost one or two second and that was already too much to come back. But to finish P5 was good and my pace was strong, as we saw in race two when I got away better.”
Baz's impressive set of results move him up to sixth position in the overall standings having already amassed half of the points that he finished the 2012 season with.