Loris Baz says he can be satisfied with his results at Imola after struggling with the shoulder and ankle injuries he sustained in his spectacular crash during Superpole.
Riding wounded following his 270kph tumble on the run to Rivazza in qualifying, Baz nonetheless braved it out to make the chequered flag in both races, prevailing over fellow 'walking wounded' Leon Haslam in race one to finish ninth before finishing a mighty sixth in race two.
Consolidating his sixth place in the overall standings, Baz was pleased to come away with something to show for given the bruising build up to race day.
“The main problem for me in race one was the pain in my left shoulder after my big crash in Superpole but to be honest it was sore everywhere so I could not stay with the guys in front. I had great pain in my ankles so I cannot change direction fast and I cannot brake well with the rear brake. In race two it was better and I had some more effective painkillers.
“From the beginning I tried to stay with them and fight with them really hard behind Leon, then pushed hard in the middle of the race even though it was very tiring. I had good confidence with the bike and I am sure if I was 100% I would have been even closer to the front. But saving a top six position in these conditions was not too bad. I felt like I had done 80 laps at the end, I was just destroyed!”