Loris Baz says he is confident he will remain a Kawasaki rider in the World Superbike Championship next year after his second-career win at Silverstone lifted him onto the cusp of the overall top five.

The 20-year-old earned a prestigious one-year contract with Kawasaki this season after an eye-catching turn with the manufacturer in 2012 as a replacement for Joan Lascorz yielded an unexpected maiden win and two further podiums during his part-campaign.

Competing in his first full season of World Superbike racing, Baz has belied his relative inexperience by scoring in all-but-one race this season - when he was eliminated in a crash at Phillip Island -, peaking with his run to the top of the podium at Silverstone last time out.

Putting him equal on points with Chaz Davies in fifth place overall, Baz feels he is in a good position to negotiate an extended stay at Kawasaki, believing he can be a top three contender in 2014.

"Nothing is confirmed yet, we've just started to talk about it in Silverstone and I can say that the idea is from both parties to stay together for the next season. I would love to stay, as I believe this is the best we can do: all the work, developments and changes we've done until now will allow us to compete for the front row every race next year. We'll see, maybe I will know something more in Nurburgring."

Reflecting on impending rule changes for 2014, most notably the introduction of an EVO sub-category, Baz says he is in favour of opening up the series to more bikes.

"I think with these changes all teams can be more competitive and I'm pretty sure this is a positive thing for the championship. As I understand this would bring more bikes on the grid and this is good for the show, our fans, and for the riders, as well. It's a shame that BMW has left as an official team, but maybe they will have more - and competitive - bikes on the starting line."

With team-mate Tom Sykes having re-signed with Kawasaki Racing for 2014, a handful of riders have been linked with the available ride alongside the Briton, including Marco Melandri. However, Baz remains very well-regarded within the manufacturer and it is known that Kawasaki is planning to expand its WSBK effort in 2014 too, particularly in light of new rules which will fix the price of customer bikes.



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