Upon informing Kawasaki that he was moving to MotoGP for 2015, and finding out his replacement would be Jonathan Rea, Loris Baz responded: 'He is going to give you the title this year!'
“I was sure because he has always been one of the fastest riders but he needed a good bike,” the Frenchman told Crash.net
. “I'm happy for them. I'm going to have dinner with some of my ex-mechanics on Sunday because they live here in Barcelona.”
Baz, who has seen nearly every World Superbike race this season, added:
“It's going perfect for my old team. The only thing to complain is that the fifth guy in World Superbike is 40-seconds from the win. So I think maybe they have to find something with the rules to have more bikes able to fight for the podium like there was two years ago. Because now you have only two Kawasakis, two Ducatis and sometimes two Aprilias that can win.”
Rea holds a 124-point lead over team-mate Tom Sykes after seven of 13 rounds, while Baz is second in the MotoGP Open class for Forward Yamaha.
“If you believe in yourself and are ready to forget what you have learned in the past and start from zero again, you are able to make the move to MotoGP wherever you are coming from,” Baz said.
“Cal came from Superbike, many riders come from Moto2, Ben Spies came from AMA and World Superbike and was doing well. Everyone forgets that, but he won a race. It doesn't matter where you come from, you can do well here. [But] you have to change your riding style because the tyres are incredible.”
Tyres and electronics will be changing in MotoGP for 2016, the year Baz had originally targeted for his MotoGP move.
“I wanted to come to MotoGP by 2016, because a lot of things are changing. The first plan was to come next year, not this year. I made the move this year because I had no chance to stay only one more year in World Superbike. I had only two or three years contract choice in Superbike with Kawasaki because of the new bike coming.
“So I decided to move here early, to learn this year. For sure the front guys will be the same next year, but maybe we have the chance to be closer and near the podium sometimes. It was the right time to come.”
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