Loris Baz said that his brilliant fourth place in the extremely changeable conditions at Misano proves he is not too tall for MotoGP.

A year on from losing his seat in the Aspar Honda squad because of his height after signing a contract to ride with them in 2015, Baz was the second man to pit for slick tyres in an incredible race that saw the majority of riders change rubber twice.

As a rain shower that affected the early race ended and a dry line appeared, Baz entered the pits for the second time on lap 13 without giving his Forward Racing team advanced warning.

When his slick tyres were up to speed, the Frenchman was able to lap close to ten seconds faster than the leaders. By lap 21 he found himself third overall before he was caught and passed by Scott Redding.

"It was cool," said an elated Frenchman, who finished seven seconds clear of championship leader Valentino Rossi. "It was a hard race because the first part of the race was really tricky and easy to crash because of the rain getting more and more in the first section and not in the second. You had to really check where you are. The key was to be one of the riders to put on the wet ones but more than anything it was to come back and put the slick. The main point of the race.

"After that it was hard to check which was the dry line. They have put the new tarmac and it's really dark so you cannot really see if it's wet or dry, if you're on the dry line. It needed a lot of concentration for this but at the end it was a fantastic result for the team and all the guys. I'm really happy."

"I think the ideal strategy was to stay like Bradley on the slicks," he continued. "At one point I thought, 'OK, that rain is not going to stop.' At that point it was quite dangerous to stay with the slick, even with this Bridgestone, which is not like the Pirelli in Superbike. When they get cold it's hard to keep the control. The main thing was the second stop to put on the second slick.

"I think I and Claudio (Corti) were the first to come in and this was the main difference. I think in the first lap I took three or four seconds from the guy in front of me and even then I didn't know where the track was dry. I could have maybe come one lap earlier but this was the right moment."

While it was clear leading riders like Jorge Lorenzo were advised to pit once Baz's superior pace became apparent, the 22-year old revealed pitting for slicks was his own decision.

"Honestly it was all mine. I couldn't even show to the team in the second stop. Usually the lap before we make a sign on the main straight to get ready but I wasn't sure. On the lap I thought, 'OK, I come in.' I didn't show them. It was a big rush because when I came in I saw all the tyre warmers and everything. They took all of this off in ten seconds so they did a really good job also. It wasn't easy also for them."

The fact his best MotoGP result, which beat his previous best of twelfth by eight palces, came a year after losing his seat in Jorge Martinez Aspar's MotoGP squad, made the result even sweeter.

"[That episode was] Exactly one year ago. It's a good sign from destiny to be in the top five exactly one year after. I'm not too tall!"

Baz's plans for 2016 remain far from certain but the former World Superbike race winner said his intention was to stay in the MotoGP class.

"I don't know. I hope this fourth is going to help. I have no news yet but I want to stay here. I want to show that I can make results like this also in the dry especially next year with the new tyre and everybody with the same electronics. It's important to be here. Let's cross the fingers and hope we'll be here next year."


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