Loris Baz has confirmed he will stay at Ten Kate Racing Yamaha for the 2020 World Superbike championship.

The French rider joined the Dutch team this year at the start of its new partnership with Yamaha after the iconic team suffered an 11th-hour split with Honda at the end of 2018 which forced it into bankruptcy.

Despite missing the opening five rounds of the 2019 World Superbike campaign, Baz was still able to finish inside the top 10 in the riders’ championship. Having been expected to stay at the Ten Kate Racing squad, Baz has duly confirmed the deal at the EICMA show in Milan.

“I am really looking forward to it [2020] because in 2019, it was really special, and we’ve been doing some great things, but it has also been difficult. Learning the bike every weekend without any tests, just two days mid-season, and we have so many things to test,” Baz said.

“I am really looking forward to it, I am sure we can improve the bike so we can fight at the front every weekend next year. I know the team is really looking forward to it as well, so it will be an exciting 2020 season with Ten Kate Yamaha for sure.”

Baz is a two-time race winner in the World Superbike championship with his strongest season of fifth place in the final riders’ standings back in 2014 seeing him progress into MotoGP.

After three seasons in the premier class of Grand Prix racing, Baz returned to WorldSBK in 2018 initially with Althea BMW before joining Ten Kate Racing Yamaha this year.