Today the first GP of the busy month of June took place. After the GP of Catalunya, the races in Germany and the TT Assen are still on the program. The races took place under a cloudy sky but with a pleasant temperature of just above 25 degrees. And…..with approximately 20,000 spectators in the stands around the circuit! After all, for the first time this year, there was a public welcome at a MotoGP weekend. We hope that this image will become familiar again soon and then preferably with full stands without restrictions.
Back to today's race. The NTS RW team had clearly expected more than the final classifications at the finish. Hafizh Syahrin finished in 20e,
also where he started from, and his Belgian teammate Barry Baltus crossed the finish line as 22e. So this time no points for the world championship and that was a disappointment for both drivers, the team and manager Jarno Janssen. The latter was disappointed: “We expected more after the extra test here and certainly also because of the good results in Mugello (last week's GP). The confidence was definitely there with Hafizh and Barry and the whole team, but we didn't translate that into points. We are now going to analyze in which areas we can and should improve. Finally, I would like to thank Hafizh and Barry for their efforts this weekend and as a team we will ensure that we are competitive again during the German GP at Sachsenring.”
It was especially difficult for Hafizh Syahrin today: “It was a difficult race for us here. We lost power because the engine got too hot and so it was no longer possible to score points. We also need more time for testing the new material, developing the streamline. My crew and I believe we can improve further and we will have to find the right set-up on the short track in Germany to be able to move forward again.”
Barry Baltus indicates that he is satisfied with narrowing the gap to the riders ahead of him. “It was the best Moto2 race so far when I look at the differences between the fastest riders. We need to take the positives from this weekend into the next GP and learn from the negatives. I thank the team and I am coming out of this stronger.”
As already mentioned, the next race is the German GP at the Sachsenring, in the east of Germany. In 2 weeks, on Sunday 20 June, Moto2 will start again at the familiar time of 12.20 pm (CET).