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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op May 22 2017
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Hard earned points in Le Mans after a difficult race

The Dynavolt Intact GP riders Marcel Schrötter and Sandro Cortese grabbed places 12 and 14 in the French Grand Prix, after they had to fight hard for it.
 
The fifth Grand Prix weekend of the season, held in Le Mans, France, was not an easy one for the Dynavolt Intact GP riders from the start. With the grid positions 9 for Marcel Schrötter and 10 for Sandro Cortese, the two Suter riders showed that they were able to face the challenges of the Bugatti circuit thanks to hard work.
 
The 26-lap race, however, turned out to be a tough one. Both Marcel and Sandro fought with similar difficulties. At the start the Intact GP duo held their positions and kept up well right behind each other, but from the half of the racing distance both got problems, especially in the corner entry. This meant that an attack was hardly possible and that one or other rival could move towards them at the end. Sandro, Marcel and Yonny Hernandez were riding in a group of three, until the teammates lost the connection to the Colombian. At the end of the race the Malaysian Hafizh Syahrin came close from behind and passed them. When finally Ricard Cardus had pushed between them, Marcel crossed the finish line in 12th and Sandro in 14th position.
 
With four more points, Marcel defended his 11th Championship position, while Sandro slipped to the 18th despite two collected points.
 
On Monday, the Intact GP team will stay in Le Mans for a one-day test day. An important opportunity to take a close look at the problems of the weekend and to work out solutions.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Race
1. Franco MORBIDELLI / ITA / KALEX
2. Francesco BAGNAIA / ITA / KALEX
3. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX
12. Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER/ SUTER
14. Sandro CORTESE / GER / SUTER
 
World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 100
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWIv80
3. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 62
4. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 59
5. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 53
6. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 41
7. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 37
8. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 32
9. MARINI Luca / ITA / 31
10. CORSI Simone / ITA / 27
11. SCHRÖTTER Marcel / GER / 27
12. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 26
13. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 24
14. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 19
15. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 13
16. HERNANDEZ Yonny / COL / 13
17. PONS Axel / SPA / 13
18. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 10
19. BINDER Brad / RSA / 7
20. CARDUS Ricard / SPA / 7
 
Marcel Schrötter
I am quite unhappy. It is always disappointing, of course, if you cannot keep your own starting position. I'm also disappointed with the race, because despite the fact that I gave it all I was not quick enough. From the beginning I didn't build up much confidence with the motorbike. It was not just a concrete problem, but several. At the beginning, I fought with loosing the front, from the middle of the race the handling became kind of spongy and to the end I could not hold the line in some bends when turning. There I always lost against my rivals, because I had to keep the brakes for too much time to bring the bike in direction of the corner exit. Especially from the half of the race I was no longer able to attack and unfortunately, Syahrin overtook me. I have definitely tried everything to keep my position to the end. It is annoying when you lose a battle between tweo, but that was just the icing on the cake.
 
We need to improve the base setup of the bike. I hope we can use the test tomorrow. I also hope that Suter will come up with new material soon. I am sure that the bike has a lot of potential and that we can achieve good results, but we must all try to help and not only look for improvements of the team and of the riders.
 
Sandro Cortese
I think it's just a pity. We fight and are good at the start of the race, but then we have big problems to keep up. We have to sit down with the entire team and use the test day tomorrow to find the error that still prevents us from moving up our position in the top 10. With a full tank I feel comfortable, but with less fuel, I just have extremely problems with turning the bike into the corner. I just finished the last five laps because I was powerless on the bike. I could not attack and that is a pity because I feel stronger than I can show it right now.
 
Jürgen Lingg
We need to evaluate all the data to find the reason why our both riders could not be stronger in today's race. It is a pity, of course, because the lap times were decent especially at the beginning and also at the middle of the race. In the end, it had massively gone down. Both obviously have a similar problem. We struggled a lot in Le Mans, which should not have happened. Thank God we have a test tomorrow. We hope that we can try a few things to find a solution.
 
Source: www.intactgp.de
 
 
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