Fieten Olie Racing GP without points after Moto2 race in Thai heat

In the Moto2 race at the Chang International Circuit in Thailand, Fieten Olie Racing GP was unable to score any points. Barry Baltus finished 18th in the race in very hot conditions while Zonta van den Goorbergh crashed out a few laps before the end.

After a good qualifying day at the Chang International Circuit, the Fieten Olie Racing GP team was motivated to score points again on Sunday with Zonta van den Goorbergh and Barry Baltus. That seemed to be a possibility with both drivers near the top 15 midway through the race.

A Long Lap penalty would cause Van den Goorbergh to lose considerable time. Later, the Dutchman would not make it to the finish due to a technical problem. Baltus rode in fifteenth position for a long time but fell back to eighteenth position in the closing stages where he would eventually finish as well.

Barry Baltus – P18: “It was definitely not the best race of the season, we had a difficult weekend once again. Three races without points is not what we want. We need to reset and come back stronger. Now we have a week off which is nice. I want to thank the team for their hard work and we’ll be back in Malaysia.”

Zonta van den Goorbergh – DNF: “It’s very disappointing to end the weekend like this. The race started reasonably but at one point I got a Long Lap penalty which I did not agree with. After that, the pace was not bad but with four laps to go I faced a technical problem. It is unfortunate that from two very good results we have now failed to finish three races in a row. We now have a week’s rest to recover before starting the last ‘triple header’ of the season.”

Jarno Janssen – Fieten Olie Racing GP team manager: “The last three races are unfortunately in stark contrast to the first two overseas races where we performed excellently. We have certainly been fast the past few weekends but our Sundays were not good enough. Today the conditions were very tough with the very high temperatures. In the races we are still not strong enough and we need to work very hard on that if we want to make the next step. We now have a week off after which we will start from scratch at Sepang.”

After three consecutive Grand Prix weekends, the MotoGP paddock now has a well-deserved week off. The next Grand Prix is scheduled for the weekend of 10-12 November at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.