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Loris Baz on the Pace on Opening Day in Phillip Island

Loris Baz on the Pace on Opening Day in Phillip Island

Loris Baz and Ten Kate Racing Yamaha can look back on a successful first day of the Yamaha Finance Australian Round. The Frenchman recorded a second and fifth lap time during the first two free practice sessions respectively, which looks like he has the speed for the first race of the weekend.

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.

Loris Baz

Position: 5th Time: 1'30.973

Quite frankly, it was a good first day of the weekend. The circumstances this morning were not the ones we expected beforehand. We knew we were ready for the weekend since the test here, but now we also know the bike is doing well in wet conditions. For the second free practice session we had a new Pirelli tyre to test. However, we had a small technical issue which meant we lost half the session. But despite this we managed to do what we wanted to do in this session. I’m really happy with my position in the top five, especially because we didn’t really push for that one fast lap. We’ve tried to maintain constant lap times, save the tyres, find even better lines and learn to ride the bike even better. I think we’re ready for tomorrow, let’s try to have a good first race to enter the new season with confidence.

Kervin Bos

Team Manager

The first day of the weekend is over and I think we can be more than satisfied with Loris’ performance. We didn’t go for that one fast lap but opted for a long run in FP2. I think I can say without blushing that Loris’ racing speed is really fantastic. We’re in good shape, Loris is in good shape, the team is working fantastic and our engine is going like a rocket. The important thing now is to stay calm, make no mistakes, prepare well for tomorrow and score a good result in the first race of the season.