This weekend the seventh Grand Prix of the season will be held at the Sachsenring in Germany. After an exciting weekend in Italy, Fieten Olie Racing GP will be back on the grid this weekend with Barry Baltus and Zonta van den Goorbergh representing the team at the circuit located in eastern Germany.
Sachsenring began as a street circuit over 8.7 kilometres long but in 1995 it was transformed into the complex as we know it today. After a number of modifications in the following years, the circuit has remained unchanged since 2003 with no less than 10 left turns and only three right turns over 3.67 kilometres. The German Grand Prix is one of the busiest MotoGP race weekends of the year and the large number of fans always creates a great atmosphere on and around the circuit.
For Barry Baltus and Zonta van den Goorbergh, the Sachsenring will be a completely different challenge from the wide and flowing Mugello circuit. Baltus will try to recover his form from the French Grand Prix after a challenging weekend in Italy while Van den Goorbergh hopes to continue his progress he made during the Italian Grand Prix in Germany.
Barry Baltus: “After the difficult weekend in Mugello I am happy to start another race weekend right away. Although I like the track, we struggled a bit at the Sachsenring last year. Now it’s a new and different year so I’m looking forward to get started again on Friday morning. There are always a lot of fans around the track and the atmosphere is amazing so we will try to perform in the best possible way.”
Zonta van den Goorbergh: “We are already on the eve of the seventh Grand Prix this season and the second race weekend in a row in this 'triple header'. After having had a good weekend at Mugello, where the result in the race was ultimately disappointing despite riding my best race so far, I go to the Sachsenring with a good feeling. There I hope to make another small step and then who knows what could be possible."
Jarno Janssen – Fieten Olie Racing GP team manager: “The Sachsenring is a completely different track compared to Mugello. It’s very short and all about handling, therefore a track that should suit our riders. Barry has had some strong result at the Sachsenring in previous years but we need to see how things will go. Mugello was a big shame in the end for both Zonta and Barry, so let’s hope it’s going to be a weekend that will set us up nicely for the big one next week.”
After two practice sessions on Friday and a practice session on Saturday morning, qualifying starts at 13:45 on Saturday afternoon. The 25-lap race at the Sachsenring will start at 12:15 on Sunday afternoon.