Barry Baltus takes Top 10 finish on debut in PreMoto310/04/2016
Ajo Academy rider claims 6 points at first round of the RFME Spanish Championship in Albacete.
Barry Baltus successfully completed its first weekend in the PreMoto3 category of the RFME Spanish Championship, placing inside the Top Ten at Albacete. The 2015 Moto4 runner-up learned more about his BeOn bike and gained valuable experience, as well as his first points in the series.
In the QP1 qualifying session, Baltus set what would be his fastest time of the weekend –a 1:40.531 that was very encouraging for the Belgian. During QP2 he put in similar times –his best a 1:40.545– that put him seventh, heading up the fourth row of the grid after the timesheets were combined.
In the race, starting from 10th position, the Ajo Academy rider showed great maturity for his young age, biding his time and riding very confidently at a circuit where last year he took third place in Moto4. Despite dropping to 14th place midway through the contest, amongst a secong group of riders fighting for points, five laps from the end he pushed to regain 10th place. From there, the young Belgian maintained concentration to avoid mistakes and finish the race without problems. Baltus took his first 6 points of the season as a result.
The next round of the PreMoto3 series will be held from May 14th to 15th at the Circuito de Jerez.
Results PreMoto3 – Race
1. Sergio Garcia (Honda) 25:10.278
2. Francesc Perez (ETG Racing) +0.049
3. Álex Toledo (Cuna Campeones) +0.197
4. Miguel Parra (Honda) +0.583
5. Julián Giral (CNS Motorsport) +0.802
10. Barry Baltus (Ajo Academy) +19.628
PreMoto3 Championship Standing 2016
1. Sergio Garcia (Honda) – 25 points
2. Francesc Perez (ETG Racing) – 20 points
3. Alex Toledo (Cuna Campeones) – 16 points
4. Miguel Parra (Honda) – 13 points
5. Julian Giral (CNS Motorsport) – 11 points
10. Barry Baltus (Ajo Academy) – 6 points
“The feeling with the bike has been positive throughout the weekend. At first I struggled to adapt but I am very happy with the results. During the race I was able to ride very stably at the start, setting a consistent pace. I lost some time while I was in 13th, and the lead group broke away. After a few riders crashed out I moved up positions, but I did not feel comfortable with the rear tyre and I preferred not to take any more risks. I’m satisfied with my debut here at Albacete, I am feeling strong and I’m eager for the next race at Jerez.”