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Baz Interview: “The last lap seemed to last forever!”

Baz Interview: “The last lap seemed to last forever!”

Loris Baz chats to after he achieved his career best MotoGP™ finish of fourth in the changing conditions at Misano.

Forward Racing’s Baz rode brilliantly on his Open machine to cross the line in fourth after an incredibly dramatic San Marino GP. By doing so, the Frenchman claimed 13 vital championship points, and established a 5-point lead in the Open class standings over his closest rival Hector Barbera on the Avintia Racing Ducati:

Loris, how are you feeling after the San Marino GP?
I am happy! It was a fantastic weekend and everything went great. We knew that normally every season when you don’t have the best bike, you always get the opportunity to show your skill in the wet. I was gutted as I thought we had missed a chance at Silverstone when we had problems with the bike in similar conditions. This time in Misano I took the opportunity to make a strong race.”

You were one of the first riders to pit twice, what was behind your decision making during the race?
“You have to be lucky! You are never sure what the weather is going to do, but I have always been able to ride on slicks in the wet. So when I saw the dry line coming I decided to come in for slicks, but after I did it started to rain again! Luckily it wasn’t so hard and I could carry on till the end on slicks and make a good race.”

At what point did you think in the race, I am on for something special here?
“I knew that with the wet tyre when I was tenth, I thought I can make something good in this race. Then when I went out with the slicks and in two laps I was already back in tenth. Then I overtook Bradley and I thought this could be good for the championship. I didn’t know the guys in front hadn’t pitted yet, so I didn’t check where I was so much, then I saw I was third and I thought…that’s crazy! But I knew it would be fourth as Scott had a better pace than me at the end, still, I was really happy. The last lap seemed to last forever…it was almost like doing two final laps.”

Was this the perfect response after you were forced to miss Indianapolis with the financial issues your team suffered?
“Yeah of course. I kept training hard when we had the problems, because I was determined to show people just how fast I could be when I got the opportunity again. So I kept training for this reason, and I am really happy how things have gone since we returned at Brno.”

Can you give us an update on the funding situation?
“Nothing 100% confirmed yet, but it nearly is and it looks like we will be able to race until the end of the season. Everything should be fine, but I prefer to say nearly as you never know what can happen.”

How hard will it be to hold on to the 5-point lead in the Open standings?
“I am going to try and not think about this so much, and I will try and take it race by race, focusing on taking the Open victory each time as much as I can, and do the best I can. There are a lot of points still available, but sometimes in the Open class you can win the race and not score any points. It depends on the race, five points can be a lot, but five points can be nothing. If you have another race like Misano people can score 13 points like I did, or 16 points if you get on the podium. So I will just take it each race at a time, but we are in a good position. There are a lot of fast guys in the class like Hector Barbera and Nicky Hayden, plus Nicky is MotoGP World™ Champion and they don’t exactly give those away. Jack Miller is also going fast. I wasn’t expecting to be in this position at the start of the season so I am really happy to be here. Still, we have a lot of work to do in the next five races.”

What are your plans for next season?
“My manager is still trying to sort it all out. We have a few options, and we are waiting to see what the team is going to be doing next year. I can’t do the same as this year. I have made a lot of sacrifices, especially financial, to ride in MotoGP™. I cannot make have many seasons like this, as I have to live and have a life. So we are trying to sort everything out, but personally I hope to stay in MotoGP™ after such a good debut season, and hopefully it will all be sorted out soon.”

MotoGP, 2015, Loris Baz, Forward Racing

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