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Kawasaki Racing Team and Loris Baz To Part Company

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Loris Baz
After almost three years of partnership the Kawasaki Racing Team and Loris Baz will part ways at the end of the current WSBK season.

The 21-year-old French rider will complete the year in KRT colours at the Losail round.

Loris joined the squad part way through the 2012 season and in 59 race starts so far he has secured two race wins and 13 podiums of all kinds. He has also earned two Superpole trophies, both in 2014, with the most recent one taken at Jerez in September.

Guim Roda - Team Manager of KRT commented, "After Joan Lascorz‰Ûª mid-season crash in Imola in 2012, KRT decided to give an opportunity to a young rider from a Kawasaki Superstock 1000 FIM Cup team, and his name was Loris Baz.

"We planned a three-year project for him, so he could grow to be a top rider. His crew chief Pere Riba and all the guys in KRT, using all the tools Kawasaki gave us, made an excellent job. Using the reference of Tom Sykes, Loris truly grew up to be one of the top five riders in WSBK, fighting every race with some legends and experienced riders.

"He matured from riding in a very talented and aggressive way to a cleverer and very consistent way. Now he is able to go fast all the weekend with no crashes, using a very good working method. His motivation to look for other racing endeavours and the fact we need a fully concentrate with a rider for a two year project, maybe three, currently make the paths of Loris Baz and KRT head in different directions. All our best wishes will go with Loris - and on a personal level I am impressed by his determination and motivation to create new goals."

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