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Baz: “I've been gaining confidence”

Baz: “I've been gaining confidence”

Loris Baz finishes the final day of the official Phillip Island test in sixth after focusing on his Ducati GP14.2’s setup.

Baz and his teammate Hector Barbera were amongst the top riders for most of the day, after the Frenchman set a 1’29.583 whilst benefitting from a tow from Maverick Viñales on lap 11 of 54 during the morning. This saw him end the day just 0.425s behind the fastest rider Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) and along with his teammate Barbera in 4th, meant that both Avintia Ducati’s were inside the top six.

This was his fastest time of the test and secured the French rider seventh on the combined timesheets, 0.452s behind the quickest lap of the test set by Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) on the second day.

Up next is three days of testing at Qatar starting on the 2nd March, but Barbera and Baz will first head to Andorra for the 2016 team presentation between the 24th-26th February.

Loris Baz: “The truth is that I can only be happy with how these three days of testing at Phillip Island have gone. Yesterday we worked on my position on the bike and today we focused on the setup. Slowly I've been gaining confidence and I was very fast behind Maverick this morning and he helped me to see many things. Then I went out alone and I rode very strongly, so I'm very happy. We spent most of the third day in first and second with my teammate Hector, and although in the end some riders improved their times and knocked me down to sixth, I am still happy. I did two long runs at the end and almost matched my best time of 1’29.5, this time riding alone. Therefore, although we have not improved, the fact it was on my own and when it was colder is very positive. Every time I have more confidence with the bike and understanding where the limit is. To finish so close to the top rider and with such a good pace is incredible. But we can not relax because it seems that this year will be all too tight.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2016, PHILLIP ISLAND MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, T3, Loris Baz, Avintia Racing, #AusTest

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