This weekend the American Grand Prix will be held at the Circuit of the Americas. The impressive circuit is 5.51 kilometres long and has no fewer than twenty corners. With lots of elevation changes, slow corners, fast corners and long straights, it demands the maximum from both rider and machine, making the 16-lap race on Sunday afternoon a challenging one.
After a good season start in Portugal, the rainy conditions in Argentina were tough for Barry Baltus. The Belgian showed again on a dry track that he belongs among the fastest Moto2 riders and will therefore be looking to make his mark again next weekend in sunny Texas.
Van den Goorbergh struggled with illness during the first weeks of the season and will finally be fully fit again. In Argentina, the 17-year-old Dutchman came on strong in the second half, making it disappointing that the race was cut short. Van den Goorbergh will also want to show again on US soil this weekend that he has made great strides over the past winter.
Barry Baltus: “I am really looking forward to the race weekend in Austin. The race in Argentina wasn’t my best so I want to give the positive feeling back to the team. We need to work hard and return to the form we had before. I like the Circuit of the Americas a lot, it basically has everything so I’m looking forward to start riding again.”
Zonta van den Goorbergh: “After a week at home we have already arrived in Austin. It's a track where I did pretty well over the weekend last year. Last week I worked hard with my personal trainer and also had to do some schoolwork. I was able to fully recharge the battery and can't wait until we get back on the track on Friday."
Jarno Janssen – Fieten Olie Racing GP team manager: “We had quite a long journey with some delays, but everyone has arrived in Austin and we are looking forward to the weekend. Surely this is one of those weekends everyone is looking forward to because the atmosphere is fantastic and the track is also very cool. We have had some pretty good results here in the past, including the first top ten with Barry last year and we hope to repeat that this year. Zonta also went well here last year, unfortunately he was unlucky in the race due to a crash by another rider.
It's always nice when you go into a weekend when your riders can start with confidence. We go into the weekend in good spirits and hope to bring home good results."
After two practice sessions on Friday and one on Saturday morning, qualifying for the Moto2 class starts Saturday afternoon at 13:45 local time, 20:45 Central European Summer Time. Sunday's race will start at 12:15 local time, 19:15 CEST.