Loris Baz says he is pleased to have shown few ill-effects from his time out through injury after getting back to World Superbike action in testing at Jerez.

The Frenchman has been out of action since early September after a high-speed accident at the Nurburgring left him with a back injury and though he was initially expected to compete in the season finale at Jerez, he would go on to fail his final medical.

Despite this, Baz would stay on at Jerez to get reacquainted with the Kawasaki ZX-10R during traditional post-season testing, in place of newly crowned champion Tom Sykes.

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Managing 40 laps on the bike - which is already decked out in Kawasaki's traditional black testing livery -, Baz impressed to set a time of 1min 42.1secs on race tyres. As a reference, that lap would have placed him eighth on the grid during the race weekend.

"I made a 1'42.1 and did that three or four times, so I am really happy because I did not expect that. I just wanted to ride and see how I felt. I was quite good and although I had some pain in my back it was mainly muscle that has not been used on track for some time. Also my neck muscles, which are not as strong as before.

Though Kawasaki hasn't officially confirmed it has signed Baz for another season, the youngster does at least hint that he will be present during the manufacturer's winter testing campaign.

"I am a bit tired now after doing 40 laps but that was good test and I will be better when we ride again over the next few weeks. I will continue in the winter tests with even better health and stronger muscles. The bike felt really good again today and I am glad to find that I did not lose anything. I feel I am riding at the same level that I was before I fell."

His first full season in World Superbike competition, Baz won his second career race at Silverstone and was classified sixth in the standings prior to his injury.