A podium at home to try to end the season in the best possible way. The Estoril round is still remaining but second place in Race 1 at Magny-Cours by the Frenchman Loris Baz is a breath of fresh air and a good result for the Ten Kate team rider.
The battle he won with Gerloff, who later crashed, is worth much more than the position because it helps to make a point to the Yamaha management which in recent days seems to have chosen the American for the final runoff with Locatelli, for the 2021 factory Yamaha. Today Gerloff was also involved directly in the crash of the two BMWs in Turn 1, who was then judged to be innocent by the Race Direction.
“Gerloff touched me in the first corner in Barcelona - said Baz - but this is also part of racing. I heard about what happened in Turn 1 and I think that it is also part of the game, a bit like what happened last week in MotoGP to Dovizioso and Zarco. We have nothing to lose at the moment, Rea could have lost a lot of points today but his pace was still incredible ”.
You said about Rea that today he was the only one capable of putting his bike in front of yours. Was Northern Irishman unbeatable?
“Rea's pace was incredible, today I can't complain about anything and I'm really happy to be on the podium. Behind him I felt good, I was not over my limit and he was faster than me only in the first and fourth sectors while I was gaining on him in the second and third. There was a moment when I hit the curb of the chicane and almost ended up on the ground for a highside. I lost a second in that mistake, I tried to push hard to recover but it was too risky. "
Did you want to keep control of the situation in the final laps?
“I was reading the lap time of each lap at the finish line and every time it improved. Today's pace was really crazy. At the end of the race I had some problems because the rain was increasing and the tyres were in bad shape, I checked that I had enough margin from Lowes and I managed the situation”.
What conclusions can you draw from your season? Did you expect more from it? Today was your first race podium, before you only got there in the Superpole Race.
“If we had had two races in Portimao instead of Aragon, things would have changed. I did two races on a track where I had never tested before and it was a nightmare for me. I did tests in all the sessions, even on the sighting lap. In Barcelona I was not lucky but in general the season went well; I am quite happy with the work I have done with the team in this strange year ”.