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Baz: “Crazy at some point I did not know where I was”

Baz: “Crazy at some point I did not know where I was”

With an incredible fourth place finish at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, Baz proves he's not too tall.

An unusual San Marino GP saw riders risk big and win big, especially Loris Baz. As an Open class rider, the chances of battling for a podium in a dry MotoGP™ World Championship race are unfortunately slim, but when the conditions become changeable anything is possible. The Forward Yamaha rider saw his chance and took it, Baz was one of the first riders to come in for wets and one of the first to return to slicks, after just six laps on wets. This gamble paid off and as Jorge Lorenzo (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) fell from the race Baz found himself in third.

Try as he might the Frenchmen was unfortunately unable to hold off Scott Redding (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing) and had to settle for fourth. After such a long and difficult race the Frenchman was far from disappointed with fourth as he moves to the head of the Open Championship. Baz has had an incredible rookie campaign and has been at the forefront of the Open class, challenging highly experienced riders such as Hector Barber (Avintia Racing) and Nicky Hayden (Aspar MotoGP Team). With a total of 28 points, Baz has a five-point advantage over Barbera in their battle for the Open crown.

Loris Baz: “What a day! Without notice we had to race on wet conditions and change the bike not only once but twice. It was hard to stay on the bike with the slick tyres but I think I was doing well there. Then I was one of the first to come back to pit to change to rain and after 6 laps one of the first to change again to slick. That was what made the difference. The race was crazy at some point I did not know where I was, I just stayed focused. The dry line was really really tight. The last lap was eternally long because I wanted to bring the bike home and now I’m the leader of the Open standings. I want to thank all the team because flag-to-flag race are never easy and everyone did an incredible job not only for today but also in the last couple of months”


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