Barry Baltus

Blog | Barry Baltus on the podium in a dramatic Jerez

Hi everybody,

Many things happened since the last time! First of all, I went to Valencia for the second round of the CEV. After difficult qualifying, where I could not do better than the 19th time, I still managed to finish the two races in 9th and 7th place, less than a second behind the podium. It was not perfect but I was satisfied to have been able to overtake.

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In the championship standings, I'm only 4 points behind the leader and we have a lot of races to do so I'm confident.

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After the race, I came back to Belgium for our traditional Zelos Fan Day with other Belgian riders you may know as Xavier Siméon and Livio Loi.

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The atmosphere was great and many people came to show us their support and participate to the signing session.

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I also made some laps on the track in order to keep training.

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The day after, I flew to Jerez for the first round of the MotoGP Red Bull Rookies Cup. I was so excited and I immediately felt comfortable on the bike. I took the second fastest time in qualifying.

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The first race on Saturday went well. We were fighting at 3 and it was hard to say who would win.

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I finished 3rd on the podium with big points.

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Sunday, I wanted to make a better result and take the win but we three were fighting again.

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I took the first place on the last 3 laps but at the end of the last straight, around 200km/h, I shift and get out of the bend but I didn't see Tatay that was overflowing me at this time on the left.

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You know the rest of the story... I found myself stuck between the wall and the bike. I had pain all over my body but fortunately I'm fine thanks to my airbag. Thank you all for sending me recovery messages!

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This experience will teach me to stay 120% focused until the checkered flag.

See you in Mugello in great shape!

Barry #7