Gangly Frenchman Loris Baz says he hasn’t so far experienced any problems fitting on to the Open class Forward Yamaha MotoGP bike at Valencia but will continue to make small adjustments as the test progresses.
Baz is 6ft 5in tall and had an offer to ride with Aspar Honda withdrawn after the team realised they would have to totally alter the Production Honda for him to fit on it but he says the Yamaha is not too bad, it just needed a higher seat.
Making the switch from WSBK Pirellis to MotoGP’s Bridgestone tyres hasn’t been too much of a shock, says Baz, but the stiffness of the bike and the change of riding style required some learning.
“The first impression of the bike is the rigidity is certainly different. But on the first day you have to adapt the bike to yourself and we are still working on it. Everybody knows I am a bit taller than the usual rider but we did a good job and I feel a lot better at the end than I did at the beginning,” said Baz, speaking at Valencia.
“I have always been tall and riding quite well with that and I am sure I can improve a few things. As soon as I am on the limit I will try to take things from the positive of the size. We have put a higher seat and a little longer for the next test. We just have some small details but is the same for small riders too, it’s normal on a new bike.
“We still have things to work on but I improved my time every time out which is important and means we did a good job. The bike is so different to the Superbike, I feel the riding style is almost opposite, you have to slow down a lot mid-corner but here you can carry a lot of corner speed so I have to adapt.
“In the past I have used a lot of corner speed, which you have to forget on a Superbike. Here I was checking the data before and every out I was getting better and a few corners I am making the same as Aleix.
“Tyres are completely different, the rigidity comes from the chassis but also from the tyres. Honestly, I get used to it really fast, still I am far from the limit but they are really consistent.
“We have a really high level of electronics in Superbike but this is another step again. I think I didn’t use 100 per cent but they are working really well, it is another step for sure. I have reset my mind to take in as much information as I can."