Loris Baz says his race simulation was “in line with the pace seen during the Jerez races” on just his second day of his test debut for Althea BMW as he prepares for his return to the World Superbike championship in 2018.

Baz has spent the past three seasons in MotoGP but will make his WorldSBK comeback next season as Althea BMW’s sole rider for 2018.

The French rider enjoyed a productive two-day test becoming familiar with the BMW S1000RR and Pirelli tyres, clocking up 75 laps on day one and 94 laps on day two, with a best outright time of 1m 40.468s to go second on the timesheet of the teams on track. Baz was especially pleased with his race simulation pace which he says was up to the speed Jordi Torres and Raffaele De Rosa produced at last month's Jerez World Superbike round.

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“We've had a very positive test. It was strange at first of course, with a lot of things to get used to, but we’ve worked hard and done a good job I think,” Baz said. “I completed many laps which were necessary in order to find the right feeling.

“I really like the bike, particularly the front and the front tyre, while I have more difficulty with the electronics.

“I am still struggling with the brand new tyre, but we will continue to work on this in future tests. In a race simulation this morning we were pretty fast, in line with the pace seen during the latest Jerez race. So I’m really happy overall and can’t wait for the next sessions.”

Baz will return to testing action for Althea BMW at Cartagena in Spain on the 4-5 December before the winter shutdown.

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He is doing nicely. But problem with new tires and electronics is 100% same what Torres has been saying all along. Its a shame BMW doesent give more support.

Motogps  loss is Superbikes  gain!