WSS: YZF Jr Magny-Cours qualifying report

Loris Baz champion! After a superb race, the very young Loris Baz (only 15) wins the Superstock 600 European Championship while finishing second at Magny-Cours. Loris Baz, always calm and never panicking despite the importance of ...

Loris Baz champion!

After a superb race, the very young Loris Baz (only 15) wins the Superstock 600 European Championship while finishing second at Magny-Cours.

Loris Baz, always calm and never panicking despite the importance of this event, was 5th at the end of the first lap. He then progressed with regularity, taking the lead on lap 4. Fighting with Linfoot and Gines, he had to let the British rider win when Linfoot braked very late and passed him. This second position was the guarantee for Loris to win the championship. This is magnificent reward for the talented and consistent rider, and also for the team of Martial Garcia who provided all year long a great Yamaha R6 for Loris.

Loris Baz: " This race was for me like the others. We are all young, so the start is always hot. I didn't want to take chances. I had a good security margin. On my pit board, I saw that at one point I was 3rd and Bussolotti 7th. Then I was 4th and he was 5th. So I passed two riders to have a good gap. In the last lap, I could have tried to win, but I wanted to play it safe. Thank you to my team, to Yamaha, to Jean-Claude Olivier, to my parents, to all the people who help me and to my fan club who came all the way from Spain."

Loris Baz is born on February 1, 1993 in Sallanches (French Alps). When he was 10 years old in 2003, he took part in the Metrakit Spanish Championship, and then finished 4th in 2005 of the Bancaja Aprilia 125 Championship in Spain. In 2006, he participated to the "Mediterranean 125 GP championship Calalunya-Valencia" and also the last 4 rounds of the Spanish championship (CEV). He did a lot of testing and training in 2007 on a Yamaha R6 at several European tracks. This season, this 15 years old rider won 3 races out of 8, at Valencia, Monza and Brands Hatch. He finished second at the Nurburgring, at Brno and at Magny-Cours, and he was also third at Misano, which means he climbed 7 times on the podium in 9 races.

In the 1000 cc class, Sylvain Barrier, who missed the last races because of an injury when he crashed at Brno, qualified well on the 3rd row of the grid.

Sylvain Barrier: "It was not too bad. It was hurting a bit. There was a lot of traffic. With the pain, it was difficult to push on my leg. For the race tomorrow, it will be cool, like for the practice."

Martial Garcia (team-manager): "The second position of Loris at the end of a beautiful race gives him the title he was wishing so much. I am very happy to be part of this success for Yamaha. The 10th position of Sylvain on the starting grid is encouraging. I wish him a beautiful race on Sunday."

-credit: yzf

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Series World Superbike
Drivers Loris Baz