Loris Baz finished the second Aragon WorldSBK outing exactly where he thought possible after trying to work out why the BMWs were all slower this weekend at Aragon than in testing earlier in the week.
His Bonovo BMW crew made changes from the Superpole race on Sunday morning and the tall Frenchman was able to pick off places over the 20-lapper and end in seventh - top M1000RR and ahead of the works bikes.
“I thought that P7 was our potential. To be honest, I was disappointed with yesterday and this morning, especially after the testing we did on Monday and Tuesday and FP3. So we needed to understand why we were slower in the race than in testing," said Baz.
"Why I was slower in the group than alone. So our crew made some changes before race two. I was feeling more comfortable on the bike, I understood more things, I had the bike more in my hand. I know that our potential at the moment is to be behind the three top manufacturers and that is what I wanted to do. I tried to not any mistakes and bring it home.
"I said from the beginning, that this weekend is the base for our work for this year. And it is exactly what happened. We will build the whole project further from here, and work hard as we did from the first test on.
"For sure it is not my ultimate goal to be seventh, but the season is long and I am happy that I did a good race and with the work that BMW and the entire team do. So a big thank you to them. Now off to the next one.”