Loris Baz says sheer 'confidence' with his Kawasaki ZX-10R is transforming his World Superbike Championship campaign after producing a record-breaking performance for pole position at Assen.

The Frenchman has enjoyed a strong start to his second full season in WSBK, scoring three podiums in the opening four races - putting him second in the current standings -, while he started on the front row last time out at Motorland Aragon.

However, not only would he go one better in qualifying at Assen, he would destroy Jonathan Rea's four year-old lap record in the process, the Frenchman's lap time half a second quicker than second place countryman Sylvain Guintoli.

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Indeed, though Baz admits he didn't expect his lap time to be quite quick as it was, he says he has such a good feeling with his bike that the lap times and results are beginning to come easily.

"I am not sure why my lap time was so good but I had been feeling good all weekend and I was just missing one or two tenths from yesterday," he said. "I managed to do a good race simulation this morning but I was missing nearly every lap one or two tenths. I think at the beginning of Superpole I improved maybe six tenths over my best lap of the weekend. So I think we found something with my bike on a race tyre.

"Superpole was just perfect. I knew it was going to rain so I just pushed as hard as I could and I am really happy with this performance. I think we are better with a qualifier just because of all the changes we made in set-up this year. Also I feel I had less pressure when this moment comes. I really enjoyed the fast lap today and I really enjoyed the bike.

"Everything is about confidence because the bike is working well and every time on the bike you build confidence. When you have this confidence at the beginning then you know that you can always come back to a good point. I think that is the key, that we are fast everywhere. Being on the podium twice in Aragon made me very confident for all the season."