Loris Baz says he is looking forward to getting the chance to race on home soil again after being forced to miss last year's French World Superbike round through injury.

The local rider, who has been the subject of speculation in recent weeks having seen an 'agreed' MotoGP deal with Aspar Honda fall through, skipped last year's race in Magny-Cours with a back injury.

Fast forward 12 months and Baz is challenging for a top three spot in the overall standings, even though he is yet to win a race in 2014. With this in mind, Baz - who has won the prestigious Bol D'Or endurance race around Magny-Cours - is looking to impress this weekend.

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"I am really looking forward to going to Magny Cours, especially because I missed the race last year. It is always a bit special, your home race. I am ready to restart at Magny Cours and even though I did not race there in Superbike last year I know the track very well because I have done two Bol D'Or endurance races.

"I like the track, the Ninja ZX-10R is going well, so I am sure we can make something really good there. There are always a lot of spectators at this race and it is a little bit special to go there and ride in front of my home fans."

Following Aspar's controversial decision to renege its contract with Baz, the youngster is now tipped to join Stefan Bradl at Forward Racing in MotoGP next season.