This weekend the fourth Grand Prix of 2023 will be held at the Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto in southern Spain. With sunny and warm weather ahead with temperatures above 30°C, it will be a challenging weekend for both the team and riders.
The 4.42-kilometre circuit has been on the Grand Prix calendar since 1987 and is one of the most widely used circuits. Besides an annual Grand Prix, the circuit is also used by many teams for testing: with slow corners, fast corners, hard braking points and two short straights, the circuit in Andalusia has just about everything.
After a strong performance in the American Grand Prix, Fieten Olie Racing GP is looking forward to starting the European part of the Moto2 season with Barry Baltus and Zonta van den Goorbergh.
Barry Baltus: “After a bit more than a week at home I am happy to race in Europe again, on a track we know a bit better. We tested there earlier this year and the bike was working well, I felt strong during those days. I like the track and after a good weekend in Austin I feel comfortable, I cannot wait to jump on the bike on Friday.”
Zonta van den Goorbergh: “We start a whole series of European races at Jerez this weekend. Prior to the season everyone has already tested here, it's a circuit all the riders know well anyway. That makes it difficult to really make a difference but we will do everything we can to make it a good weekend. It will be pretty hot with temperatures above 30°C, which certainly won't make it easy. Hopefully we can make it a great weekend and bring home a good result."
Jarno Janssen – Fieten Olie Racing GP team manager: “After three intensive race weekends we head to Jerez. The results were a bit mixed but we did show that we can be very fast with both riders. It will now be important to get a good result and turn the fast lap times in practice into a strong race. Jerez is familiar to us but that is the case for all the other riders, so it will be the first real test of strength. We go there full of confidence and look forward to a sunny weekend."
After two practice sessions on Friday and a third practice session on Saturday morning, qualifying starts at 13:45 on Saturday afternoon. The 23-lap race at the Circuito de Jerez - Ángel Nieto will start at 13:15 on Sunday afternoon, an hour later than usual.