DISAPPOINTMENT IN BASTOGNE FOR TEAM STR KTM
The team made the relatively short drive to Bastogne on the Belgium border with Luxembourg for the 15th round of the World Championship and everyone was looking forward to a good weekend's racing and hoping for some good results.
Karro made a good start in 10th with Barragan in 15th. After holding off Stribos for a couple of laps Karro finally gave up the position, but he sat on the Belgian's rear wheel for the rest of the race to take a comfortable 10th place for his best qualifying race result of the season. The track was extremely difficult to make passes on, but Barragan managed to make a couple stick to finish in 13th.
Barragan made a blinding start in 5th but didn't have the pace to hold on to such a lofty position and gradually dropped back to 13th before a small crash cost him three more places to finally finish in a disappointing 16th. Karro had a shocking start and was left near the back of the field but pushed hard to quickly move through to 17th and he managed to pick up a couple more positions in the second half of the race to eventually finish 15th.
Both riders made poor starts leaving Barragan in 17th and Karro in 21st. Barragan improved to 15th and Karro to 16th and he worked hard to close the gap to his teammate but just as he looked like he might make the pass, he made a couple of mistakes which resulted in him losing the tow. They both gained another place when Paulin retired leaving them in 14th and 15th at the flag, giving Barragan 15th overall and Karro 16th.
Mattis Karro said: "I thought after my 10th in the qualifying race, I would have a good day on Sunday but I made terrible starts and struggled with the track in both races. I'm not happy with two 15th places and will be looking to do much better next week at Matterley Basin."
Jonathan Barragan said: “I made a great start in the first race and pushed hard in the early laps but got arm-pump and dropped back. In the second race I made a bad start and pushed hard but didn't have the speed to move forward as much as I wanted."
Team Manager, Steve Turner concluded: “There were three good things this weekend, Matiss' qualifying race performance, Jonathan's start in the first race and the barbeque on Friday evening. Other than that it was a major disappointment. The track was too flat and too fast, making it so hard to pass and making a good start absolutely critical.
“Jonathan got one in the first race but couldn't run the pace and dropped like a stone and Matiss made two rubbish starts which is unusual for him, he usually punches above his weight more often than not coming out of the first turn four or five places ahead of where he qualified. It's our home GP next week so hopefully we'll redeem ourselves there."