Loris Baz racing fo the Kawasaki Racing Team, scored a second place finish in race two while his team-mate Tom Sykes took a best of third, also in race two at the Opening round of the 2014 World Superbike Championship giving the Kawasaki team a positive start to the series.
On a day when the temperatures rose on track, after two days of cooler conditions in practice, Baz put in a good first race to go fifth after the full 22-lap distance. He upped his game once more in race two after some set-up changes and finished only 0.238 seconds from eventual race winner Sylvain Guintoli.
The second race was halted because of an oil leak, and the results counted back to lap 14 of the planned 22.
‰ÛÏWe changed just a little thing on the bike for race two and then opted for a new front tyre." Baz explained. "So to score second place and then leave here second in the world championship is really good.
"In race one I was really happy with a top five and it felt like a podium. When I crashed again on Friday I really did not think I could make it this week but it worked out well on raceday.
"I wanted to go really fast in the beginning of race two and I saw that my pace was really good." Baz continued. "I was even faster than Sylvain in the lead, but I always rode with the idea to save the tyres. My bike was feeling great. Tom was coming back and I am sure the end of the race would have been a great fight if it had gone full distance.‰Û