MotoGP: Baz wants to build on Qatar form

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Reale Avintia Ducati rider Loris Baz says that he needs to capitalise on his best ever dry result in the first round of the 2017 MotoGP championship in Qatar last month if he wants to maintain the momentum of a strong start to 2017.

Coming home in twelfth at the Losail circuit, the season now moves to Argentina – and to a circuit where he says he knows that he can have a strong performance come wet or dry conditions.


“In the first race everything went really well, and that’s why I’m looking forward to race in Argentina. In Qatar, I probably did my best dry race in MotoGP, but even though, my feeling was not the best. I’m convinced that it is possible to do even better. I love the layout of the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit and I want to do a good race. We will see how the weekend goes, we will keep working step by step to get the best set up and I’ll try to enjoy riding my bike.”

And on the other side of the garage, teammate Hector Barbera has similar aims, after a cautious start to 2017 only days after having surgery for a collarbone broken during a training accident hindered him at the first round.

“We head to Argentina physically stronger than in Qatar. My collarbone has almost recovered completely and I was able to train harder during the last week. We go to this race with high expectations, which is very different from those ahead of the first round of the season. I like the circuit. Last year I finished fifth and I think it will be possible to get a great result again. We feel strong and I am confident about our chances to do a good race on Sunday.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

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