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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Sep 25 2017
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Cortese again in the Top-10 & Brave battle by Schrötter

Sandro Cortese took the 9th place at the Aragon Grand Prix and with that his second top-10-finish in a row. Due to heavy pain, Dynavolt Intact GP teammate Marcel Schrötter had to give up close to the end of the race after he had a fantastic return to action during this weekend.
All training sessions and the races of the Moto3 and Moto2 categories had to be due to dense fog at the MotorLand Aragon on Sunday morning.
Once the sun pushed the fog aside, Sandro Cortese made some last changes for the following race, finishing the shortened Warm-up in 11th place. After the sixth place two weeks ago in the rain of Misano, the 27-year-old performed some exciting battles with Alex Marquez and Takaaiki Nakagami. Once the Spaniard crashed out early and the Japanese escaped in the front, Francesco Bagnaia attacked from behind. Sandro, however, managed to keep this one in bay, and with a 9th place proved finally also in the dry, that he is back on the right way.
Seven points scored to Sandro's account in the Championship, where he is still occupying 18th position. Only eleven points are separating him to the top-15 before the overseas tour, which leads to Japan, Australia and Malaysia in October.
For Marcel Schrötter it was a fast start in the day of his first race since the Sachsenring GP twelve weeks (3months!) ago, with securing the second place in the warm-up behind Championship leader, Franco Morbidelli.
But in the course of the 21-lap battle of the 14th race of the year, the pain in his left hand became increasingly stronger and the 24-year-old had to give up the race with only for laps to go, after bravely fighting at the 12th and 13th position. Still no reason to be disappointed, because this weekend was a sensational comeback for him. Now he has got three weeks to make sure his scaphoid fracture can heal further, in order to fight back in the land of the rising sun in Japan from the 13th-15th of October.
Before that, however, the Dynavolt Intact GP team will remain on Monday in the MotorLand to take part in a one-day-test.
2. Mattia PASINI / ITA / KALEX
3. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM
World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 248
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 227
3. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 157
4. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 155
5. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 130
6. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 124
7. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 117
8. CORSI Simone / ITA / 95
9. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 92
10. BINDER Brad / RSA / 67
11. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 66
12. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 60
13. MARINI Luca / ITA / 59
14. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 58
15. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 46
16 SCHRÖTTER Marcel / GER / 44
17. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 42
18. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 35
19. GARDNER Remy / AUS / 17
20. PONS Axel / SPA / 17
Sandro Cortese
I think this was one of my best dry races this season and a great weekend indeed. On Friday morning it was wet and I was pretty fast already, later on in the dry I was still doing good lap times. At the end I was missing just a little bit to close up with Corsi, Navarro and Nakagami. I rode a solid lap time in the last five laps but when I realized that I wouldn’t catch them, I just wanted to bring home this ninth place. All in all I am super satisfied, after Misano we once again managed a top-ten result. I am looking forward to the oversee races now as these tracks suit me well.
Marcel Schrötter
Just as in the practice sessions, I made too many mistakes because I can't move the bike as I usually do. Even though we had a good pace, the pain was just too much and so I ended up making more and more mistakes and then I just didn't feel safe on the bike anymore. I lost one position after another, ended up off track because I couldn't control the clutch properly anymore. I really wanted to finish the race, no matter what, but at the end I thought it's no point in risking a crash and torturing myself any longer. I am just devastated that I had to give up. I am honestly sorry for myself and for the team.
Jürgen Lingg
I think we should be satisfied with today. Sandro delivered a great constant performance throughout the whole weekend and has proven it with today's race. This is the second top-ten result in a row and this is very satisfying. Marcel was pretty impressive. No one expected such a strong comeback. He was second in the warm-up this morning, but we expected him to have strength and pain issues throughout the race distance. He pulled through up until few laps before the end of the race when he finally had to give in. It is a shame that he couldn't manage, but it was expectable. Still, it was important for us to see where we stand. In the three weeks until Japan he has some more time for training and rehab. It surely will be a lot better by then. For tomorrow's test we will first speak to the doctors. He was able to ride short distances but if there are any concerns that it will make it worse, we won't let him ride.
Source: www.intactgp.de