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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op May 08 2017
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Schrötter catches great sixth place in Spain

Marcel Schrötter kept a cool head and crossed the finish line in 6th position in the hot Spanish Grand Prix at Jerez de la Frontera. Dynavolt Intact GP teammate Sandro Cortese crashed after a sensational comeback.

In the 4th round of the season, Marcel Schrötter once again proved his ascending performance curve. Even though the Circuito de Jerez has always been a difficult terrain for the young Bavarian and besides the struggles with the new Suter during the winter tests he mastered the challenge this weekend exceptionally.

This 6th place in the Grand Prix of Spain showed the constant improvement of the 27-year-old, who also kept a cool head in the 25-lap race in hot 30°C, keeping his Suter competitor Dominique Aegerter and the currently 2nd placed in the World Standings Tom Lüthi behind him.

Although a small shifting error four laps before the end of the race ruined a possible battle with Luca Marini for fifth or even fourth with Mattia Pasini, the satisfaction prevailed over the best result of 2017 so far for the Dynavolt Intact GP team. With another ten points, Marcel placed himself in eleventh in the Championship ranking.

Sandro Cortese was also strongly back in the game after an unfortunate Qualifying, coming from the back in 20th position the 27-year-old was on a fast pace and caught up to 11th place. Nine laps before the end of the race he unfortunately lost the front in Turn 11 and his battle came to a sudden ending.

Following a private test of the Intact GP squad this coming Wednesday and Thursday in Aragon, the experienced riders will take their chance to attack again at the French Grand Prix in Le Mans from 19th - 21th of May.


2. Francesco BAGNAIA / ITA / KALEX
3. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM

World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 75
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 64
3. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 59
4. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 49
5. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 33
6. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 32
7. MARINI Luca / ITA / 31
8. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 27
9. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 26
10. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 25
11. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 23
12. CORSI Simone / ITA / 19
13. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 14
14. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 13
15. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 13
16. PONS Axel / SPA / 12
17. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 8
18. HERNANDEZ Yonny / COL / 7
19. BINDER Brad / RSA / 7
20. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 6

Marcel Schrötter
As expected this was a tough race, also physically. At the beginning I tried to profit from my strength but the conditions in the race are always different. When I was behind Marini I saw that he got out of some corners a lot better than I did. I was stronger at the end of the turn exits, where the bike and tyres worked really well. I tried to learn from his advantages and to adapt. Halfway through the race the times got more stable. I had few sections where I lost time. I was on a good pace when a few laps before the end of the race I couldn't change gears so I had to run wide but luckily stayed on track otherwise this could have ended my race. I managed to keep Dominique Aergerter and Tom Lüthi behind me and so a sixth place is great - the best result so far this season after we struggled so much to get used to the Suter over the winter. By now we can be competitive with identical material and still make progress and honours our Team so a big Thanks to our crew. Our biggest problem is still the edge grip. When in full hangoff we lose stability and grip and then I lose too much time accelerating out of the tight corners. I gave it 100% and I think we can be happy with the result.
Sandro Cortese
I managed to come from 20th to 11th position when in turn eleven I lost the front without any previous indication, maybe I was going into the corner a little too fast. Nothing implied it, especially as I was feeling pretty comfortable on the bike at that time. The tyres were worn off too. It is just very unfortunate because after the disastrous start into this race weekend I made a good step forward in the race. I think we could have gotten a top ten finish. I am honestly sorry for the Team and everyone involved that the weekend had to end this way. Luckily I wasn't hurt. It was just a small slide over the front that I couldn't have possibly prevented. Really upsetting but we will now test in Aragon before coming to Le Mans to fight back. We won't give up.

Jürgen Lingg
I did expect to be stronger after we and the riders learnt so much over the past three overseas races. I knew it wouldn't be as bad as the Tests but at the same time I didn't expect it to be so good. Marcel surely built up his confidence because that’s what he is still lacking of. Confidence comes from good results. It's great that he can already see the front guys and that’s when that little flame inside blazes. He now knows that we can achieve more and that motivates and helps a lot. What soothes me is that fact that when you cope at Jerez, you can handle many other tracks too. This is now a solid base we can start building up on. There is still room for improvement, technically and personally. We are still far of the peak. Lately we learnt a lot setup wise but we totally underestimated the time our riders would need to get used to a new bike. We didn't think it would actually take that long. At the end you start all over again at each track. There will be further setbacks for sure. Sandro also made progress. The Qualifying yesterday went very unfortunate for him but he had a decent race. He is in need of good results to gain some confidence. He crashed over the front tyre - a typical Moto2 crash. He wants to give it all he's got and rides at the limit. He had a really fast pace but needs to stop making mistakes.

Source: www.intactgp.de