Barry Baltus ended his last race in Moto3 with a 16th place, Jason Dupasquier is 23rd
The Grande Premio MEO de Portugal put an end to the 2020 season. 8 years after the last time, MotoGP came back to Portugal making its debut on a very interesting race track, which reminds of a rolleroaster.
Barry Baltus and Jason Dupasquier made their very debut on the Portuguese track on Friday, during a 55-minute-long FP1 session. After a few laps, the riders had a really good feeling on the track already on Friday, as both improved their best lap times of almost two seconds.
On Saturday, Jason Dupasquier struggled to find the good feeling of the previous day. During the qualifying, he couldn´t go beyond the 30th place of the starting grid.
Barry Baltus had a positive Saturday, getting the direct access to the Q2 with his 13th place of the morning. The Belgian rider managed to get a 13th place in the afternoon qualifying, achieving his best starting position of the season.
After the promising days of practice, it was for sure not the race we were expecting. Despite showing a great performance and being in the top-10 in some parts of the race, Barry couldn´t end in the points and finished the race in P16. Jason Dupasquier instead, couldn´t go beyond a 23rd and struggled the whole race.
PrüstelGP wants to say goodbye to Barry Baltus and thank him for this 2020 season. The whole team wishes him a good luck for his new adventure.
The 2021 season of the team has already started: the new entry Ryusei Yamanaka made his debut with PrüstelGP in a one-day test in Portimao on Monday.
Barry Baltus #70, P16
It was a positive weekend, especially for the starting position. It was my first time on this track, after the first session I was enjoying a lot. One of the best I have been so far. I felt very strong in FP3 and I made a great lap, a 48.2 that allowed me to go to Q2 directly. Sunday was a bit difficult, I had been P8 in some part of the race but then unfortunately I ended up 16th again. I am sorry that I couldn´t get any points. I want to thank my team for this, for this opportunity: my mechanics and everybody who made it possible. Now a new adventure starts for me.
Jason Dupasquier #50, P23
It was the last race of the season. I am bit disappointed because I didn´t make any points and couldn´t show my talent at best. I want to thank my team, crew chief and mechanics and I am sorry I couldn’t get any result. We did a good job, improving step by step. I am sure I will make more progress for next year. Thanks to everybody for this first season!!!
Tim Jüstel, Team Koordinator
The last race of the 2020 season is history. After starting 13th for Barry, we were confident that we could score points at least in the last race of the season. In the end, place 16 is again the best result. It’s a great pity, because we worked hard for it. Jason also showed a solid race and was able to win some positions despite a long lap. First of all I would like to thank our team. It was a really exhausting time with 9 races in 11 weeks. We grew together as a team, worked hard and stood together like a family. A further thank you goes of course to all our sponsors, supporters and fans, who have faithfully supported us even in this difficult year with Covid. It is a good feeling to be able to trust in so much support. Finally, I would like to wish Barry all the best for his future in Moto2. He came to us as a rookie, has developed both as a rider and as a human being and is now leaving us as a Moto2 rider. He is a talented rider and he will certainly succeed.
1- Raul Fernandez, Red Bull KTM Ajo
2- Dennis Foggia, Leopard Racing
3- Jeremy Alcoba, Kömmerling Gresini Moto3
4- Sergio Garcia, Estrella Galicia 0,0
5- Tony Arbolino, Rivacold Snipers Team
6- Darryn Binder, CIP Green Power
7- Celestino Vietti, SKY Racing Team VR 46
8- Ai Ogura, Honda Team Asia
9- John McPhee, Petronas Sprinta Racing
10- Deniz Öncü, Red Bull KTM Tech3
16- Barry Baltus, Carxpert PrüstelGP
23- Jason Dupasquier, Carxpert PrüstelGP
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