Instructive race in Jerez for Carxpert PrüstelGP riders

Jason Dupasquier and Barry Baltus finished respectively 21st and 24th in the SpanishGP

The second race of the 2020 Moto3 World Championship took place on Sunday 19th July at the Circuit de Jerez- Angel Nieto in Jerez (Spain).

After a four-month break, bikes were finally back on track and the GP of Spain meant for PrüstelGP the official debut in Moto3 World Championship of his rider Barry Baltus, as well as the second race ever for Jason Dupasquier.

After a test day on Wednesday 15th,the race weekend officially started on Friday with the habitual two sessions of free practice. Both riders were able to improve their lap times of the previous day of test, but it was on Saturday morning´s FP3 when they both reached their best laptime of the weekend, both lowering the time of FP1 by almost one second.

The qualifying of Saturday afternoon was marked by hot conditions, who made it difficult to Barry and Jason to improve the times of the morning. Beside the starting positions, the hard work of the weekend was a good motivation for the riders to give their best on Sunday race.

After struggling in the warm-up, Jason Dupasquier was constantly fighting for the leading of his reference group, being the author of several overtaking and enjoying the race until the finish line. Motivated by the good performance of the warm-up, Barry Baltus was fighting in the same group of his teammate for most of the race. But two long lap penalties forced him to finish in 24th, despite the good performance in his first race.

Now the next appointment for Carxpert PrüstelGP is already next week always in Jerez, with free practice starting on Friday morning at 9.

Jason Dupasquier #50 P21

The whole weekend I struggled to find the good feeling with the bike. In the slow corners I felt good and had the speed, but in some other corners I was a bit slower than the others and this made me losing the group and then I wanted to push to make up ground. But finally we found a way to be faster and get a better feeling with the bike. The qualifying was not easy at all, I was in the group and some guys were slower than me so I couldn´t catch a great laptime. On Sunday the race was really positive overall, 22 laps are a lot but I managed it physically. I know what I can improve for the next weekend and I am satisfied with the job done by the team. I hope for a much better result for next weekend, I am sure we can be faster!

Barry Baltus #70, P24

It was a difficult weekend as it was my first race ever in Moto3 World Championship. It was happy with how I managed the stress and my feelings, at the end we reached a best lap time in 47.4. If I think that other riders had much more days of test than me, I can be satisfied. I feel already confident for next weekend because we have found a good set-up for the bike and the conditions will probably the same. I can´t wait to get back on the bike because I know I where improve, even if it won´t be easy for sure. I am willing to learn and I will give my maximum at every race, also because the calendar this year is reduced. I am overall satisfied of the weekend, even if I got two long lap penalty, but this motivates me to do even better in the next race. I want to say thanks to my family, to my management, sponsors and all those people who allowed me to be here in Moto3 World Championship. And of course I want to thank my team for the hard work, it was a difficult weekend also for them because they didn´t know my riding style but they did it great!

Tim Jüstel, Team Koordinator

The first of two races here in Jerez is now behind us, and so the first official prove of our level. On Sunday things didn’t look so good for Jason. He was not able to set a really fast lap time and finished the warm up last. We looked for the causes, fixed them and looked forward to the race with confidence. Jason was very concentrated and then had a really good start to the race. In the first corner there was a contact with another driver, but he still managed to make up a few places.  Barry was also very motivated and confident for his debut race. He didn’t get away so well at the start, but then he started to recover positions. During the race Barry and Jason fought well in this group, leading it for most of the race and learning a lot. Unfortunately, Barry rode over the track limits several times and got two long lap penalty a few laps before the end. Of course this costed Barry a lot of time. Things like this can happen and I am sure he has learned the lesson.

We are now looking at all the data again and will work on a further improvement next weekend.

photo credits: © [2020] FGlaenzel

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