Loris Baz has been announced as a rider for the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team for the upcoming World Superbike Championship season. The rider, who joined the project this year, will also remain a factory BMW Motorrad rider, completing the line-up for the manufacturer’s satellite team which will also include Garrett Gerloff.
This year, Baz occupies 12th place in the championship and is a regular presence in the top ten of the races. His best results were two sixth places, both in the Assen round – his second of the season.
Marc Bongers, BMW Motorrad Motorsport Director, justified the renewal with the French rider: ‘Loris is an important part of our family of BMW factory riders, and we are thrilled that he will start for the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team again in 2023. You could tell from the word go that the chemistry was good between him, the team and his fellow factory riders. With his experience, ability and personality, Loris adds an awful lot to the Bonovo action BMW Racing Team and our whole WorldSBK project. It is excellent news that this impressive collaboration will continue next season. We are confident that we will continue to move forward together.’
Bonovo action BMW Racing Team owner Jürgen Röder said: ‘I am delighted that Loris is staying with us. We are very happy about that, and I believe that Loris Baz and his team-mate Garrett Gerloff will form an incredibly strong duo next year, when we can hopefully push hard with the BMW. From a riding potential, we have a great troop, and the team in the background will also remain the same for next year. As such, we will have a well-practiced team in 2023, which has done an outstanding job this year. Furthermore, we will have Loris, Garrett and Eugene Laverty, in the role of riding coach, by my side. Eugene gets on superbly with both riders, so I think the collaboration is going to be great in that regard too. That encourages me to be very positive looking ahead.’