French prospect Loris Baz is itching for a return to competitive action after recovering from injury.

The Kawasaki prospect hurt his back during a warm-up spill at the Nurburgring last year and although he had hoped to return at the final round of the 2013 World Superbike Championship at Jerez, he failed a medical.

However, his injury woe is all but behind him and Baz is counting the days until the first race in particular at Phillip Island in Australia in February.

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Speaking ahead of this week's two-day test at Almeria in Spain, Baz said: "I cannot wait to get to Almeria and get on the bike for the first time in a month and a half.

"The break has been good because I have been able to spend time at home and see my friends. I have been training a lot and also doing a lot of Supermoto riding but there has also been some time to have fun with my friends.

"Now I am looking forward to the tests in Spain but even more so the race in Phillip Island because it has been some months since I was on the grid for a race after my injury last year. I missed the real competition," he added.

"The Almeria test will be important because although we improved a lot in the last two tests at Aragon and Jerez in 2013, there are always more improvements to be found. We need to make another little step to be really sure with the bike set-up.

"I feel good now and I am sure we can make some long runs to simulate race distance on the bike and make an even bigger step in that area of performance."

Baz finished eighth overall in the championship last year and claimed a victory in race two at Silverstone.