Barry Baltus takes step up at Jerez


Ajo Academy rider finishes seventh in both races held this weekend at the Jerez Circuit.

Barry Baltus continued to gain experience on his BeOn bike this weekend, competing in two races at the Jerez Circuit. The Belgian rider improved on the result from his debut in the PreMoto3 class, finishing seventh in both races. That led to him adding 18 points to his tally in the overall standings of the RFME Spanish Championship series, and puts him in 7th place.

He started Saturday in excellent fashion, setting the second fastest time of 1:54.965 in the first qualifying session. However, Baltus was only able to complete four laps in QP2, although his best time put him sixth on the grid for the Andalusian double-header.

In the first race, held on Saturday afternoon, the Ajo Academy rider kept in the second group with three other riders, finishing in seventh place and picking up 9 points. During the second race, which took place on Sunday, Baltus repeated the result, crossing the line only half a second off the third-placed rider after fighting for a podium position throughout the race. The Belgian now lies 7th overall, with 24 points.

The next round for the PreMoto3 class will take place at the Alcarras Circuit on June 19th.

Results PreMoto3 Race1
1. Sergio Garcia (BeOn) 24:51.171
2. Alex Toledo (Mir Racing) +0.093
3. Julian Giral (BeOn) +0.688
4. Adrian Carrasco (Mir Racing) +9.466
5. Miguel Parra (BeOn) +9.955
7. Barry Baltus (Ajo Academy) +10.220

Results PreMoto3 Race2
1. Sergio Garcia (BeOn) 24:52.160
2. Julian Giral (BeOn) +0.165
3. Miguel Parra (BeOn) +9.828
4. Adrian Carrasco (Mir Racing) +9.885
5. Carlos Tatay (Motodes) +10.127
7. Barry Baltus (Ajo Academy) +10.303

PreMoto3 Championship Standing 2016
1. Sergio Garcia (BeOn) 75 points
2. Julian Giral (BeOn) 47 points
3. Alex Toledo (Mir Racing) 46 points
4. Miguel Parra (BeOn) 40 points
5. Adrian Carrasco (Mir Racing) 26 points
7. Barry Baltus (Ajo Academy) 24 points

“Overall, I can look back positively on this weekend, especially as in the last race we were so close to the podium. We were able to test here last week and that helped us with setting up the bike for this round. We have taken a big leap forward from the first race, I was more focused and more confident about my riding. I gained confidence as the weekend went on and I’m very happy with the result. I feel motivated and eager to continue improving at the next race at Alcarras.”