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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Jul 03 2017
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Two top ten positions before the summer break

An exciting German Grand Prix finished in places 8 and 9 respectively for the Intact GP riders Sandro Cortese and Marcel Schrötter. The riders and their team are now heading into the four-week summer break before the second half of the season starts at Brno in August.
 
It has been an overall positive weekend for the Dynavolt Intact GP team at the Home Grand Prix at Sachsenring. Marcel Schrötter delivered an incredible pace during the Free Practice sessions finishing them in second place. Sandro Cortese stormed into 3rd position of the grid on Saturday and secured his first front row since over a year.
 
During the race, which took place under a mix of sunny and cloudy weather conditions and in front of thousands of spectators, both Suter riders finished amongst the top ten. Sandro equalled his best result of the season so far from Argentina, finishing in 8th position. Marcel ended up in 9th position, which still had a slightly bad aftertaste, as the expectations of the young Bavarian were a lot higher based on the good performance during the training sessions.
 
However in the World Championship standings Marcel was able to improve to 10th position. During the first 9 of 18 races he only missed taking home any points twice and carries 44 points with him into the summer break, which he will mainly spend in Japan. There the 24 year-old will take part in the 8-hour race of Suzuka. Sandro was also able to improve his standing in the championship. After three races without any points he finally took home 8 points at the home grand prix, putting him into place 18.
 
We are now looking at 4 weeks without any races, before the MotoGP World Championship will continue at Brno from 4th to 6th August.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Race
1. Franco MORBIDELLI / ITA / KALEX
2. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM
3. Francesco BAGNAIA / ITA / KALEX
8. Sandro CORTESE / GER / SUTER
9. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / SUTER
 
World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 173
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 136
3. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 114
4. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 113
5. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 93
6. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 77
7. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 68
8. CORSI Simone / ITA / 52
9. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 50
10. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 44
11. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 42
12. MARINI Luca / ITA / 41
13. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 39
14. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 37
15. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 33
16. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 31
17. BINDER Brad / RSA / 25
18. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 18
19. SIMEON Xavier / BEL / 16
20. HERNANDEZ Yonny / COL / 15
 
Sandro Cortese
It has been a really hard and really long race. I had a superb start and the first four or five laps went smoothly. When Marquez crashed in front of me the gap between Tom and Morbidelli became bigger and I rode alongside Corsi, Pasini und Bagnaia, but in the end I couldn't push any harder. Maybe I wanted to achieve too much in the beginning and rode the bike slightly too hard meaning I couldn’t compete in terms of the grip afterwards. However, I think all in all it has been a positive weekend starting from the front row and leaving the catastrophic last three races behind me. Of course it would have been amazing to finish amongst the Top 5 today, but we just need to build on that now. After three or four moments when I had signs of highsiders you do start thinking about finishing the race with a good feeling and leave for the summer break like this. The last thing we needed today was a crash at the home grand prix and thinking about four crashes in the last four races for the next four weeks. Thank you to my whole team who have been very patient with me. I am now heading into the summer break with a few days holiday and some hard training for the second part of the season.
 
Marcel Schrötter
It was hard for me to stay positive today. We decided very early on using the harder tyre on the rear, as it performed really well during the training sessions. Maybe it was down to the temperatures or maybe we just made the decision too fast, but as a matter of fact I wasn’t able to keep up with the pace I had in the training sessions. I noticed straight away that I am having a hard time getting into my flow. I was just missing the right feeling for the bike and it became clear quite quickly that I wouldn’t be able to compete with the front guys. Even though I tried to push hard during the first laps, I wasn’t able to attack and deliver the times I wanted to, which was really disappointing. I was able to fight of Nakagami twice, which was the only positive aspect as he is a rider who is able to win the one or the other race. It is just a shame that I wasn’t even able to compete with riders that I left far behind me during the training sessions. We don’t exactly know why and if it was the choice of the tyres or the tyre itself, which could also be the case. We had a good weekend except for the Qualifying on the wet, which wasn’t great for me. However, we have shown that we have a really good pace by now. I gave my best and of course it is a shame that I wasn’t able to finish the race further in the front, but at least we were able to secure two positions amongst the Top Ten for the team. I also improved to 10th place in the World Championship, which is not so bad either. Now we need to analyse everything and think about what we are able to do in order to carry on successfully during the second half of the season.
 
Jürgen Lingg
We must be satisfied with the race. Of course we expected more after the third grid position of Sandro and after the pace that Marcel showed in the dry training sessions. On the other hand, this was already a good approach. We need to look closely at what we can do better in the future. It just lacks a bit. It was also a pity for Marcel because he probably chose the wrong tyre because he was the only rider on the hard S2. But now we go to the summer break and try to recover. It was a long first season for everybody, including the tests. In Brno we will be back again.
 
Source: www.intactgp.de
 
 
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