Loris Baz

Loris Baz
Birth Date: 
1 February, 1993

Loris Baz Biography

A double WSBK race winner for Kawasaki, Loris Baz made the switch to MotoGP for 2015.

While his lofty height had scuppered his original plan to race with Aspar, Baz gave a glimpse of what it was missing by proving a respectable addition to the MotoGP grid riding an Open class Yamaha for Forward Racing.

Baz gave a positive account of himself relative to his fellow rookies on similar machinery including fellow WSBK convert Eugene Laverty , while he was out-performing highly-rated team-mate Stefan Bradl before he jumped ship to Aprilia in the wake of Forward's mid-season crisis.

A fourth place in the wet at Misano was as unexpected as it was deserved and Baz switched to Ducati machinery at the Avintia team for the 2016 and 2017.

The Frenchman matched his career best fourth at Brno 2016, plus a fifth at Sepang, but couldn't beat eighth place during 2017 and returned to World Superbike having never raced with the latest spec MotoGP machinery.

A surprise chance to do just that arrived in the form of a one-off Red Bull KTM offer to replace Pol Espargaro at the 2018 British Grand Prix but, after qualifying 18th out of 24, heavier rain arrived for race day.

It was the kind of conditions where Baz had traditionally excelled, but the race was cancelled due to poor drainage.

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