Loris Baz has launched his preparations for a full-time return to the WorldSBK grid in 2022 with his first test with the Bonovo Action Racing Team in Jerez.
The Frenchman will make a welcome return to WorldSBK after a year of racing in the United States after signing a deal with German team Bonovo, which goes from a single BMW M 1000 RR to former MotoGP rider Jonas Folger to lead Baz and Eugene Laverty in 2022.
A former MotoGP rider himself, Baz is considered one of WorldSBK’s trusted men who made his 2012 debut with the Kawasaki Racing factory team. His three years there, plus a stint on the Ten Kate Yamaha in 2019 and 2020, earned him two wins and 20 podiums.
Regardless, he was surprisingly frozen off the grid in 2021 when Ten Kate Racing chose to focus on WorldSSP, with Baz taking on Ducati’s challenge in MotoAmerica instead.
However, it was during a two-lap replacement with Go Eleven Ducati in place of injured Chaz Davies that brought Baz back to the “showcase” with a pair of podiums in Portimao, leading to a bidding war for his. services.
In the end, Baz opted for a return to the manufacturer he competed with in 2018 under the guise of Althea Racing, although the three-day test in Jerez is his first on the new BMW M 1000 RR.
“I am happy to be back with BMW and to have the opportunity to be back in WorldSBK. I was really looking forward to this test to get a first impression. The test was a lot of work, we did a lot of laps.
“Plus, I was back on the bike after almost three months and it’s never easy when you jump on a completely different bike. The test was to understand how the bike works and try to give the best input based on the differences of all the bikes I know.
“The M RR has a lot of strengths, we just need to put them together to get a bike that performs well on the ride side. When you start working with a new bike you have to switch from one riding style to another, but we did a good job, completing over 150 laps.
“We tried new parts for next year and mostly a lot of electronics stuff, and with each run we went faster, and I felt a little more confident on the bike. I’m happy with the ride. work so far.