The final day started in a great way for Loris Baz and Ten Kate Racing Yamaha as they set the fastest lap time in warm-up. During the 10-lap Superpole race, Baz was fighting inside the leading group and finally passed the finish line in seventh position, just 1,49 seconds shy of the victory.
After a sensational Race 1 on Saturday, Race 2 on Sunday afternoon became an absolute thriller once again. No less than nine riders were part of the leading group. Baz was able to handle the pace and even took the initiative a couple of times to lead the race.
It was obvious that Baz was a prime candidate for finishing on the rostrum. However, in the final part of the race, a fuel problem on Toprak Razgatlioglu’s machine caused the Ten Kate Racing Yamaha rider to take evasive action through the grass.
It was very impressive how Baz managed to keep his machine the right side up, in order to return through the gravel and the grass back onto the track. Unfortunately, this stopped the French and Dutch combination from finishing inside the top positions and they ended up in eighth place.
Ten Kate Racing Yamaha and Baz will now prepare themselves for the second round of the championship which starts on Friday 13th of March on the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.