Baz 2nd, Barrier 7th
Brilliant 2nd place for Loris Baz who fought until the end with Gino Rea. Sylvain Barrier, back from injury, proved his talent with the 7th position.
It was a very hard and very spectacular race for Loris Baz, against Gino Rea who had a lot of motivation. Both riders dominated the field and after many incredible actions Rea was finally the winner only 6 / 100th in front of Loris.
Sylvain Barrier was careful not to crash in the beginning and he was faster and faster as the laps went by. He finished in 7th position which is a good result.
Loris Baz: "I wanted to start well and I did it. I wanted to win and to prove that I can play with the big boys. I had some problem with the front fork because we did not have enough time to set it up properly for the dry conditions. Rea caught me but I was still leading entering the last lap. Then he passed me with a very hot action, I had to go wide and lost 200 meters. Then I caught him and passed him, and it was his turn to go wide. I am happy because I proved I have some character. It was very close. Thank you to my team for the superb work."
Sylvain Barrier: "My start was not so good because my bike did a wheelie. Then I had difficulties passing the other riders. I was careful, even if I ran wide a few times. Overall, it was a good race."
Martial Garcia (team-manager): "Sylvain Barrier was careful at the start because he did not want to crash. Then he was better and better and he finished brilliantly 7th. This is the confirmation for all the trust I have had for him since the beginning of the season. Loris Baz did his most beautiful race this year. He displayed a lot of maturity fighting for the top position. He finishes only 6 / 100 behind Rea and deserves a lot of credit."