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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Jun 12 2017
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Fast Schrötter crashes after phenomenal comeback

Marcel Schrötter performed one of his best races of the season under the dazzling heat of Barcelona, unfortunately he crashed in a duel just before the end of the race, fighting for eighth. Sandro Cortese faced yet another difficult race and also ended up in the gravel.
On Sunday, the unbearable hot temperatures that prevailed at the track in Montmelo, near the city of Barcelona, meant just another challenge for the riders and machineries.
During the warm-up session in the morning, Marcel Schrötter already showed that he switched on his fighting-mode, when he's set the 2nd fastest time behind Alex Marquez with a time of 1:50,284. In the race at first he dropped back into 19th after being stuck in traffic in the first couple of corners. Over the next laps he caught one rival after another and placed himself in 10th and 9th towards the middle of the race. He was partly over half a second faster than the rest of his group and so he wanted to catch Takaaki Nakagami and with that the eighth place in the penultimate lap. Unfortunately the Japanese went hard on the brakes in turn 13, Marcel was a little too close and crashed.
A little success is what Sandro Cortese is longing for to compensate what has been. On Saturday, the 27-year-old already knew, besides his solid 12fth starting position, that he will have a hard time being competitive throughout the whole race distance. Shortly after the race start, he dropped back into 23rd place and to make matters worse, he had a bad highsider that catapulted him head first over his Suter. Luckily he escaped without being injured.
Despite the disappointment over the bitter end in Barcelona, the focus is now in direction for the Dutch TT in Assen, where the hard work will hopefully pay off for the Intact GP Team at the GP of the Netherlands (23rd -25th of June).
2. Mattia PASINI / ITA / KALEX
3. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX

World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 123
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 116
3. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 103
4. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 83
5. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 69
6. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 55
7. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 46
8. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 46
9. MARINI Luca / ITA / 41
10. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 39
11. CORSI Simone / ITA / 39
12. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 37
13. SCHRÖTTER Marcel / GER / 32
14. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 29
15. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 22
16. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 21
17. HERNANDEZ Yonny / COL / 13
18. BINDER Brad / RSA / 13
19. PONS Axel / SPA / 13
20. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 10
Marcel Schrötter
This was once again an incredibly difficult race. Right from the start into the first two chicanes, when you are in the back and make one false decision on how you take the corner then you end up behind. Our main problem is on the brakes and that’s why it takes so long. When I finally pull through and defend my position I found myself in a duel, which cost time. The lap times weren't bad and I always managed to catch the group in front of me. That was positive and I fought and tried everything not to stay behind anyone for too long and overtook straightaway. The race was ok, physically very demanding, especially when you have to ride with full body tension because you are sliding in each corner from lap one onwards. The crash is really disappointing because these points would have been important on our way to a top-ten placement in the championship. It is a shame because this was a good approach, but we will continue our work and I am already looking forward to Assen.
Sandro Cortese
After only five, six laps I already struggled with the bike, which is generally my problem in the races. I went into the corner normally and I kind of resigned to the bike and situation when I had an extreme slide followed by a huge highsider, which catapulted me head first into the corner. It was bad crash but luckily I walked away with no injuries. It is a shame to crash in the position I was in, but this only shows my current situation once more and there's not much more to add.
Jürgen Lingg
Sandro didn't find his rhythm and tried everything, but unfortunately crashed out. For some reason he simply can't get a run at the moment, really difficult. We have to work and see how we can possibly help him with this.
Marcel rode an amazing race, the warm-up already indicated this. He got stuck in traffic quite a lot and still managed to ride from 19th up the 9th position and by that has proven his fighting spirit. He rode some excellent lap times, which could have led him further to the front. We seriously have to be faster in finding a good setting. We made some changes to the bike this morning, which obviously worked. We will take these positive impressions from the race and try to get better Qualifying results in the future, because that would make his job easier in the race and hopefully he soon gets rewarded.
Source: www.intactgp.de