Loris Baz joins Forward Yamaha for 2015 MotoGP season

Loris Baz has become the second World Superbike rider to seal a 2015 MotoGP switch within a week, having secured the second Forward Yamaha ride

Baz's deal follows Aspar signing his WSBK rival Eugene Laverty earlier this week.

Aspar had also eyed Baz, but opted against hiring him as it was concerned he was too tall to be competitive on its Honda.

Forward Racing team boss Giovanni Cuzari is confident the 21-year-old Frenchman, who is currently fifth in WSBK for the factory Kawasaki team, can showcase his ability in MotoGP.

"He is a young rider who has proved to be fast in World Superbikes and we would like to give him the possibility to show his talent also in MotoGP," said Cuzari.

"I'm very happy to start this new adventure with Loris and bring this new rider in the premier class, continuing our mission of talent scout team alongside Yamaha."

Baz joins Stefan Bradl at Forward next year, with Bradl already signed to replace the team's current lead rider Aleix Espargaro when he joins the returning works Suzuki team.

Colin Edwards began the 2014 season on Forward's second bike, but struggled to adapt to it and brought his retirement forward. His replacement Alex de Angelis has yet to get close to Espargaro's performances.


Honda: Marc Marquez, Dani Pedrosa
Yamaha: Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo
Ducati: Andrea Dovizioso, Andrea Iannone
Suzuki: Aleix Espargaro, Maverick Vinales
Gresini Aprilia: Alvaro Bautista, tba
LCR Honda: Cal Crutchlow, Jack Miller
Marc VDS Honda: Scott Redding
Tech 3 Yamaha: Bradley Smith, Pol Espargaro
Forward Yamaha: Stefan Bradl, Loris Baz
Pramac Ducati: Yonny Hernandez, Danilo Petrucci
Avintia Ducati: Hector Barbera, tba
Aspar Honda: Nicky Hayden, Eugene Laverty
Cardion Honda: Karel Abraham

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