All Ajo Academy riders place in Top 10 at Albacete


Barry Baltus takes fourth position in latest Spanish Championship round, while Lorenzo Fellon and Adrian Fernandez complete a good weekend in seventh and tenth place, respectively.

After a break of more than two months, the Ajo Motorsport Academy riders got back onboard their Beon bikes this weekend for the penultimate race of the 2017 season. Barry Baltus had a bittersweet raceday at Albacete, crossing the finish line fourth just 2 tenths behind the winner. Lorenzo Fellon and Adrian Fernandez took another Top 10 placing each, with a hard fought seventh and tenth position, respectively.

Baltus started from pole position for the first time this year in the Pre-Moto3 class. The young Belgian began the race well, but it was quickly apparent that the contest was going to be between a five-rider group. On the final lap, Baltus battled to take a podium spot, but had to settle for fourth place.

Fellon rode through the entire race in the next group back, in the fight for sixth place. The Frenchman was second in his group and added important points to his championship tally. Fernandez was one of a trio of riders to climb furthest up the order. A great start allowed him, from seventeenth place, to quickly enter the Top 10 and finish in tenth position.

In the overall standings, Baltus lies third with 117 points. Fernandez is tenth with 50 and Fellon is just behind, with 36. The final race of the year takes place on October 29th in Jerez


Results (Race)
1. Adrian Huertas (Mir Racing) 24:37.345
2. David Salvador (Mir Racing) +0.079
3. Julian Giral (Beon) +0.213
4. Barry Baltus (Ajo Academy) +0.287
5. Daniel Holgado (Beon) +0.405
7. Lorenzo Fellon (Ajo Academy) +14.605
10. Adrian Fernandez (Ajo Academy) +23.844

PreMoto3 Championship Standing
1. Pedro Acosta (Mir Racing) 150 points
2. Adrian Huertas (Mir Racing) 120 points
3. Barry Baltus (Ajo Academy) 117 points
4. David Salvador (Mir Racing) 114 points
5. Daniel Holgado (BeOn) 94 points
10. Adrian Fernandez (Ajo Academy) 50 points
11. Lorenzo Fellon (Ajo Academy) 36 points

“I am a little disappointed with the final result here in Albacete. We had a great weekend. I was very comfortable on the bike and we got pole position. However, in the race, the same script was followed: I passed my rivals on the corners and they passed me on the straights. It’s a shame we didn’t get on the podium, but we will work to do that at the last race in Jerez.”

“I’m happy with both this seventh place and how the entire weekend has gone. We haven’t had big problems and I felt fast. We found the correct setup and I adapted well to the track. In the race I was in the second group at all times, finally crossing the finish line in seventh place.”

“It hasn’t been an easy weekend. Both on Thursday and Friday we suffered crashes that set back our plans a little. In the race we were a little far back on the grid, but I made a good start and I quickly got in the fight for the Top 10. I battled with another rider, who I let pass to study him and overtake him on the last lap to finish tenth. Now it’s time to think about Jerez.”