FIM Cup Superstock 1000 Superstock 600 European Championship Baz 2nd behind Vostarek Brilliant race for Loris Baz who finished second behind the local rider Patrick Vostarek, who is racing here for the 9th time today on this track. Thanks to...
FIM Cup Superstock 1000
Superstock 600 European Championship
Baz 2nd behind Vostarek
Brilliant race for Loris Baz who finished second behind the local rider Patrick Vostarek, who is racing here for the 9th time today on this track. Thanks to this great performance, Baz is still leading the championship. Sylvain Barrier qualified in 14th position for the 1000 cc race that will be held tomorrow.
Vostarek had the best start and Baz, in third position, was slowed down by the second Rea. Then Baz overtook Rea and was second at the end of the first lap, 1.2 behind Vostarek. He got closer and closer and he was right behind the Czech at half distance after 5 laps. Rea was in third, quite far 10 seconds behind the leaders. After that, Vostarek and Baz had an incredible fight, with the Frenchman taking the lead on lap 8 before Vostarek took the lead back. Both riders arrived together at the finish line, with a little advantage for Vostarek. With this great performance, Loris Baz keeps the championship lead, with now a 7 points advantage over Vostarek.
Loris Baz: "A good start was a must not to let Vostarek take too much of a lead. I knew that after 4 laps with the race tyres I was 0.5 to 1 second faster than him. But Gino Rea had a terrific start and he was hard to overtake. I passed him but he passed me back, had a big slide that slowed me down. I finally passed him and had to catch the leader. I was then 0.7 second faster than him on one lap, and he missed the inside of a curve so I caught him. While I was behind him, I tried to see where I could pass him, but it was very difficult because he knows the track very well. I passed him two laps before the end, but after that I could do nothing because my front tyre was no more performing well. I was crossing the front wheel all the time. I had to use my knee to keep my balance. This is a good weekend. My motorcycle was perfect. Thank you very much to the team. "
Difficult practices for Sylvain Barrier in the 1000 cc class, because of a small technical problem on Saturday morning during the free session. Then he was fast in the afternoon for the timed session and he was 14th despite a little crash.
Martial Garcia (team-manager): "Loris Baz did a very beautiful race. A slower rider was hard to pass in the first lap but Loris passed him and came back right behind the leader. He tried very hard to win this race and his second position makes him stay the leader of the championship. I a very satisfied. Sylvain Barrier had a small technical problem in the morning and he was much faster in the afternoon despite a small crash with no consequence. He is 14th and we are very confident."