Having stolen the headlines on Saturday with his spectacular run to World Superbike pole position in Jerez, Loris Baz would go on to endure a race day to forget after managing just a single seventh place finish.

Despite an average start from the front row, Baz worked his way to the lead pack in race one and briefly nosed ahead, only for Sylvain Guintoli to get back at him.

Even so, Baz still felt he had the pace to challenge for the win, only for him to misjudge Marco Melandri's pass on him at Dry Sac, the Kawasaki rider holding his line too tightly and clipping his rival's rear tyre with the handlebar.

"In race one I touched with Melandri on my handlebar - and that is racing sometimes. Maybe I did not give him enough space when I saw him.

"I thought he was going to take the corner straight away but instead he pulled the bike straight - maybe he lost the front or something - and then he touched my handlebar. It was a shame because I could have won that one."

Looking to make amends in race two, Baz got away better but didn't have the same level of pace, the Frenchman slipping down the order to a distant seventh place, marking a disappointing return on a race day that promised much more.

"We did not change anything for race two but the bike did not feel the same and I am not sure what happened. We could have done something really good here and taken some big points but I lost some instead."


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