Loris Baz is set to return to World Superbike Championship competition for the 2013 finale at Jerez as he looks to conclude an interrupted season on a high.

Competing in his first full season of WSBK racing, the Frenchman had just claimed his second career win at Silverstone when a high-speed crash during pre-race warm-up at the Nurburgring left him nursing a back injury.

With a cautious recovery period sidelining him for the next four events, Baz has nonetheless been provisionally passed fit to ride the factory-prepared Kawasaki ZX-10R at Jerez, even if he still requires final approval from the championship medical team.

"I went to have a scan earlier today and everything was fine," said Baz, who is expected to be retained by Kawasaki next season. "The specialist was really happy because the vertebra is healing really well and really fast, so that is good. We are just waiting for the approval from the medical staff at the races now but all the medical people from Barcelona and Geneva say I will be OK to ride. I will try my best this weekend and I am pretty sure I should not have any pain on the bike.

"I will make the first session on Friday and see how it is. I would like to finish the season strongly but you never know how you feel after you come back from an injury. I am sure I will be able to fight near the front and I will do my best to take back the sixth place I lost in the championship standing after Magny Cours."

Baz is currently eighth in the overall standings, 15 points behind sixth place Davide Giugliano and six points behind seventh place Michel Fabrizio.


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