Loris Baz says he can be pleased with starting fourth on the grid for the tenth round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship at the Nurburgring, even if it was the one time he'd rather Superpole had stayed dry.

A rider that has established himself as a strong contender in slippery conditions, as represented by his win last time out at Silverstone, Baz came into Superpole at the Nurburgring nonetheless hoping for dry weather after topping the preceding FP2 session.

However, while the youngster wouldn't get his wish he would still prove competitive in the tricky conditions as he worked his way up to fourth place on the timesheets.

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Though slightly disappointed to miss out on a front row challenge, Baz believes the prospect of a dry race day puts him in good stead.

"Now, when I would like Superpole to be dry, it is wet! I am happy with all the work we have done over the weekend because we have been near the top always. I am looking forward to the race because we have a good pace and I think race day should be dry.

"A few times we went out in the wet we were struggling and had a lot of problems in those conditions, so fourth on the grid is more than OK. It is really good to start close to the front in the races especially as we have been in the first few riders all through practice.

"We tested a lot this winter and I have more experience on the bike so now I can push hard from the beginning of the sessions. We also have had a lot of races behind us now. It is also good sometimes not to ride too much, when you have the bike working the way you need it. It means you can come back to the races feeling fresh and ride at 100%."