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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Apr 10 2017
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Places eight and eleven in a hardfought Argentina GP

Dynavolt Intact GP rider Sandro Cortese got himself an eighth place in the Argentina Grand Prix after he led a big chasing group over almost the complete race distance. Marcel Schrötter wasn't giving it any less and became eleventh.
Over 18 laps Sandro Cortes occupied 6th position and was leading a group of more than 11 riders in the second Grand Prix of the 2017 season, which was held at the Argentinian Termas de Rio Hondo. Right from the start out of row three there was not a second to catch a breath for the 27-year-old. After the difficulties in Qatar two weeks ago, all attacks from his rivals like Simone Corsi, Xavi Vierge and Francesco Bagnaia failed this time. Only just before the end the fastest Suter rider of the race made a small mistake that forced him to open up. Anyhow with an eighth position and eight points in the back, Sandro Cortese can leave Argentina with new confidence.
Also Marcel Schrötter, who started the race from the midfield, was able to show some exciting fights. He struggled with missing grip and traction getting out of the corners so he lost precious time to his competitors. He gained it back on the brakes and the slipstream. At the end the 24-year-old managed to keep Luca Marini and Jesko Raffin behind him. That made an eleventh place and the first five points of the season.
The Dynavolt Intact GP squad now has one week to catch a breath and analyse the positive impressions from South America before heading to Austin/Texas for the next round, which is taking place from 21 to 23 April.

2. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM
3. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX

World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 50
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 36
3. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 33
4. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 21
5. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 18
6. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 16
7. MARINI Luca / ITA / 14
8. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 13
9. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 11
10. CORSI Simone / ITA / 10
11. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 9
12. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 8
13. BINDER Brad / RSA / 7
14. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 7
15. PONS Axel / SPA / 6
16. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 6
17. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 5
18. RAFFIN Jesko / SWI / 5
19. KENT Danny / GBR / 3
20. SIMEON Xavier / BEL / 1

Sandro Cortese
Maybe we could have gotten more but the feeling is still missing. We've had a difficult winter preparation, the first race was a disaster but when I got to lead the group a lot of racing laps I gained back some confidence. I gave it all to defend my position but I made a small mistake three laps before the end and so I lost three places. To fight back here might have been possible only once and additionally the yellow flag was out in the sector where Marquez had crashed. All in all we can be happy and now built up on that. A big thanks to Suter and my Team, they did a great job. I think if we continue this good work we can achieve even more in the upcoming races. I feel much better physically. We have one week off now before heading to Austin.

Marcel Schrötter
Actually it was an interesting race weekend, a good battle in a big group. Of course I was trying to make the most out of that 16th starting position but that was difficult because at the start you can easily loose positions and after two, three laps the front guys are gone. I tried to overtake as much as possible in the beginning, which worked well. I soon realized that my rear felt weird. The missing grip and traction getting out of the corners caused me to lose too much time and the gap got bigger. I was really strong in the slipstream and on the brakes so I was able to minimize the gap on the back straight. All in all we both caught some good points today. Maybe we could have been able to fight more at the front but for now it was important to get some points. The weekend was satisfying, we had a good pace and now we just need to analyse what we need to change to get better. Sometimes it's only small things that make you stronger and so you can be in sixth for example and not eleventh.

Jürgen Lingg
We have to be satisfied with today. It was a tremendous improvement compared to the last race and the pre-season testings. I am pretty happy but I know there is room for more. We have to say that Sandro bravely fought for sixth but it really isn't easy to keep the lead of such a big group for so long, especially with riders like Corsi & Co. behind you. He really did a good job and gave it all to defend his position. At the end it was unlucky to lose some positions. We still have a lot of work to do in order to close the gap. Marcel took too long to find his rhythm and maybe he was a bit too less aggressive today. At the end he closed up further to the front and so we need to be happy for now.

Source: www.intactgp.de