Loris Baz retains the Bonovo BMW World Superbike ride for 2023

The French rider will partner the previously announced Garrett Gerloff aboard a pair of BMW satellite squad M1000RRs next year after making a successful full-time return to WSBK in 2022.

Baz has been recruited by Bonovo in its expansion to a second bike this season after a year out of the series to contest MotoAmerica in 2021.

With BMW works man Michael van der Mark missing most of the season due to injury, Baz has often been the German marque’s second-most rider in 2022 behind Scott Redding, and currently sits in 1st 12 in the riders’ standings with a best finish of sixth place in Assen.

“I am really happy that I will be riding for BMW and the Bonovo Action BMW Racing Team again next year; I never doubted that I would,” said Baz.

“When I joined the project, the intention was to be involved for a long time and to improve every year. I feel really good with the team, and BMW is working harder than anyone else to achieve the goal we all have.”

Gerloff makes the move from the GRT Yamaha squad for 2023 and replaces Eugene Laverty, who announced in July that he would retire from WSBK at the end of the season to take up a management role at Bonovo.

“I am also delighted to have such a nice guy as Garrett as my teammate,” continued Baz. “I also have a very good relationship with Eugene, and it is really important for the team that we feel like a family. I’m sure the same thing will happen to Garrett.

“The goal is now to finish 2022 strong and enter the 2023 season with a good base. Thanks to everyone at BMW, [Bonovo team owner] Jurgen Roder and [team manager] Michael Galinski for the faith they put in me.”

BMW has already confirmed that Redding and van der Mark will continue to build its works line-up for 2023.

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