Loris Baz has shrugged off the crash that potentially cost him pole position for the sixth round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship at Sepang, the Frenchman set to start sixth instead.

The Kawasaki Racing rider was on a superb lap aboard the ZX-10R, one that had him on course to become the first rider to break 2mins 03secs, only to drop the bike at the final corner hairpin.

Blaming himself for braking late into the tricky, slow left-hander, Baz was disappointed to miss out on a chance for pole, but feels well prepared for the races.

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"All of my final lap I felt like I could brake later and later because the rear grip from the qualifying tyre gave me a lot of extra grip on corner entry. On the last corner I braked just a little bit too late because I had been faster on the straight and I fell.

"It was a little mistake but I am happy because we improved in all the sessions and we could have been on pole because of the progress we had made.

"I think we can make something good tomorrow, our race pace is good but we will see how the tyres are after ten laps. I am confident but we have to make a good start to get away with the front guys."