Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 04 Oct 2014
Another piece of the 2015 MotoGP jigsaw falls into place today as Forward Racing announce that Loris Baz will join Stefan Bradl aboard their open-spec Yamahas next season.
Baz had been tipped for a move to MotoGP since early September with Dorna keen to bring a fast Frenchman into the Championship. When Johann Zarco turned down the opportunity to join Pramac Ducati, the onus fell to Baz, who currently competes for Kawasaki in the Dorna-owned Superbike World Championship.
Baz will join former Moto2 World Champ Stefan Bradl on the open-class winning machines with the Yamaha set to continue supplying the team with chassis and engines.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Loris Baz in our team” said Forward Racing boss, Cuzari. “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. I’m very happy to start this new adventure with Loris and bring this new rider in the premiere class, continuing our mission of talent scout team alongside of Yamaha. Loris will partner Stefan Bradl and we are delighted to line up a very young team with a 21 year old Frenchman and a 24 year old experienced German rider”.
There are just two seats remaining on the 2015 grid, assuming IODA Racing does not continue, at Gresini Aprilia and Avintia Ducati.