The first day of the Yamaha Finance Australian Round started Friday morning on a still largely wet Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit. Rain on the previous night and the early morning meant that the action on Friday morning during the first free practice session started slowly.
Only thirteen of the nineteen participating riders took the trouble to go outside on the still wet track, ride one or more laps and have a lap time recorded.
Baz was one of the riders who made use of the possibility to ride the necessary laps on a wet track. Not without merit as it turned out, the 27-year-old recorded a meritorious second lap time in this session.
The second free practice session took place on a completely dry Australian track. Once on track, Baz had to deal with a small technical problem. The Ten Kate Racing Yamaha mechanics managed to solve the problem after which the session could be resumed. Without pushing for that one fast lap, Baz then recorded a neat fifth lap time in the session, a lap time that satisfied both the Frenchman and the team.