Regardless of recent events surrounding Forward Racing we caught up with current Forward racer Loris Baz and chatted with him regarding his season so far and what he is hoping to achieve between now and the end of the season.
How would you assess the first half of your season with Forward Racing?
At the beginning of the season my goal was to be with the top Open guys by the midle of the season. But we reached our first Open class victory at Mugello – before we expected. So I’m satisfied and at the moment I’m still fighting with Barbera for the leadership of the category – It has been really positive debut season with Forward Racing in the premiere class of MotoGP.
How have you adapted to MotoGP, as it been an easy process?
It wasn’t an easy process. I’m taller than the other guys and at the beginning of the season and during the winter test period I struggled a little bit. We have changed the seat and some other parts of the bike to be comfortable. I have adjusted my riding style a little and now I’m able to push as I want during the race weekend.
What have you been doing over the summer break?
Our break time was longer than we can expected. We were forced to miss the Indy GP so we had one more free week. I had an holiday with my family, girlfriend and friends for recharging the batteries before starting the second part of the season.
From now until the end of the season what do you hope to achieve?
My goal is fighting for the Open class leadership until the last race in Valencia. We have a great package and potential and we can achieve the front Open team for 2015.
Have you taken many tips from the top factory riders this season and in particular have you analysed riding styles?
As already told – I’m taller than the other guys – So my style is a little be different. From the beginning of the season Adrien Morillas – my friend and coach – is with me at the races for helping me to adjust my riding style from WSBK to MotoGP. He is always in the service road watching me and suggests to me how to adapt my style. It was not easy but I did a great physical job during the pre-season and the first part of the season for being fit for this new category.
Since we last spoke we mentioned previously about preparation before a race, as this altered in any way since moving across to MotoGP?
I needed to work on the muscles of the arms and shoulders to be able to brake in the right way. Yamaha Forward has a lot of power and it is not easy braking in the right way if you are not 100% fit. I am continuing to do my normal training and I’m satisified with my fitness level at the moment.