Loris Baz says he is fully focused on securing his first World Superbike Championship win of the season at Misano following his costly clash with Kawasaki team-mate Tom Sykes last time out at Sepang.
The Frenchman returns to the Marco Simoncelli World Circuit for the first time since 2012 when he was just beginning his tenure with Kawasaki in World Superbikes, the youngster scoring a top ten finish despite his relative inexperience.
Two years later, Baz is now a fully-fledged contender for WSBK race wins, though he is yet to taste the winners' champagne in 2014 and is keen to get his season back on track following the trials and tribulations of the Malaysian round.
“I really like the Misano track - even though it is not my favourite one to ride at - simply because I have always felt quite strong there,” he said. “I am sure we can go well there again because in 2012, the first time I went there with the Superbike, I felt good on the Ninja ZX-10R. I think I was eighth back then in race two, not so long after I had got on the official bike for the first time.
“I am really looking forward to going to Misano after a disappointing weekend in the previous round at Malaysia. Hopefully we can continue the rest of the year the way we were on the previous weekends. We have to start that good work again, get back onto the podium and then take the first win.
“Misano is totally different from Sepang and I am sure we can go well there because we have been fast from Aragon to Donington, which are very different to each other.”
Baz's sole fifth place finish in Malaysia means he has slipped to fourth in the overall standings, 31 points behind championship leading team-mate Sykes.