Loris Baz will officially be a MotoGP rider next season after signing a deal with the NGM Forward Racing team for 2015.
The 21 year-old Frenchman will join Stefan Bradl in the NGM Foward Racing Yamaha squad for next season, in what is a totally new line up for next season for the Italian outfit.
Baz, who is currently racing for the Kawasaki World Superbike team, hasn’t ever featured in any level of Grand Prix racing, earning his striped in Superbikes, rather than the conventional route through Moto3 and Moto2.
“It’s a pleasure to welcome Loris Baz to our team,” said team owner Giovanni 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 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.”
Baz had signed a a pre-agreement contract, and looked to be close to securing a deal to ride for the Aspar Honda team, before team manager Jorge Martinez Aspar decided to pull the plug on the deal, and instead sign Eugene Laverty, due to concerns from the Spaniard over the height of the Frenchman.