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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Sep 13 2018
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Schrötter let's dream of podium finish coming true

Marcel Schrötter celebrates third place in Misano and thus his first podium in the Motorcycle World Championship. Unprecedented performance also by Xavi Vierge, who attacks with a hand injury, finishing in tenth place.
 
He has earned it for a long time, but so far it just wasn't supposed to be. In the Grand Prix of San Marino, in his 151st Grand Prix race and 105th Moto2 start, Marcel Schrötter has finally made the dream of the first podium reality.
 
Since some races Marcel Schrötter has always been one of the top guys and a podium contender in the races. This weekend in Misano, he was again fastest on Friday, second in free practice and secured the second place in the front row on Saturday.
 
While World Championship leader Francesco Bagnaia built up a gap in the front right from the start of the 25-lap race, Marcel Schrötter fought with Miguel Oliveira and Mattia Pasini for further podium finishes. After two-thirds of the race distance local hero Pasini lost connection and could not intervene in the top 3 battle. From this moment on, Marcel Schrötter hunted for second place behind Oliveira. But an attack of the German in the last lap did not quite succeed. Regardless, the joy over the third place and first podium was huge.
 
He takes home 16 points from Italy. With that, the 25-year-old remains in seventh place in the Championship and the gap to Alex Marquez in front of him shrank to only six points.
 
Xavi Vierge also successfully defended his eighth place in the Moto2 Championship by proving incredible fighting spirit in the San Marino Grand Prix. His operated right hand still prevented the 21-year-old from attacking with full force, yet he stormed from eleventh to seventh at the beginning and finally crossed the finish line as an excellent tenth.
 
The penultimate round of the season on European soil will take place in Aragon in two weeks, from the 21st to the 23rd of September. Then it's time for four races in Asia, before the grand final of the 2018 season takes place in Valencia in November.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Race
1. Francesco BAGNAIA / ITA / KALEX
2. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM
3. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX
10. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX
 
Moto2 Championship
1. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 214
2. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 206
3. BINDER Brad / RSA / 119
4. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 116
5. MIR Joan / SPA / 114
6. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 113
7. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 107
8. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 96
9. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 95
10. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 93
11. MARINI Luca / ITA / 79
12. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 49
13. LOWES Sam / GBR / 46
14. LECUONA Iker / SPA / 41
15. CORSI Simone / ITA / 37
 
Team Classification
1. RED BULL KTM AJO / 325
2. SKY RACING TEAM VR46 / 293
3. EG 0,0 MARC VDS / 227
4. DYNAVOLT INTACT GP / 203
5. PONS HP40 / 137
6. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM / 129
7. + EGO SPEED UP RACING / 101
8. SWISS INNOVATIVE INVESTO / 87
9. FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO / 49
10. TASCA RACING SCUDERIA M / 37
11. KIEFER RACING / 27
12. TECH 3 RACING / 24
13. MARINELLI SNIPERS TEAM / 14
14. FORWARD RACING TEAM / 8
15. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA / 8
16. SAG TEAM / 8
17. NTS RW RACING GP / 3
 
Marcel Schrötter
It's hard to understand that I finally got my first podium. I don't know what I've done in the last years but my career was always a little bit up and down ever since I started in the world championship. I always knew I could be fast when I feel confident and have the right package around me. That’s something I already felt last year when I joined the Intact GP team. We were on a different bike and had some problems, but this year I felt a lot more confident since the very beginning. I feel good and almost every weekend we are really close. Step by step we came closer and today was finally the day I achieved that podium. Bangnaia was incredibly fast in the first few laps and that is something I need to work on because then I am sure I can be fighting for even better results. After halfway through the race I can go the same times. I saw that I was faster than Oliveira and from previous experiences I knew he has a different riding style and a better acceleration and that 's not so easy to follow. When I was close enough to overtake, I tried. The distance to Mattia was enough also. I tried to make it more or less a safe move but it was risky anyway. We didn't touch though. It could have worked out and I'd be second now but that's racing. You learn a lot in the race, because in Qualifying you go fast for one lap but the race has to be managed differently, also mentally. It's good to be here now but we want to be closer to the winner. That is the experience you get from racing and we will work on doing it better. I am really happy and a big thanks to the team because they are doing an incredible job, the bike always works well and every weekend I feel good on the bike and we never have any issues.
 
Xavi Vierge
First of all I want to congratulate my team mate for the amazing weekend. He and the team did an amazing job but for my part, it really was a difficult weekend. It was so hard but we need to take the positive things with us. At the beginning of the race in the first laps, I felt quite good. I though I can fight with the front. But then lap-by-lap I started to lose all the power in my hand and that was very difficult for me. At the first part with all the change of direction I needed to change my riding style, I had to ride differently because I couldn't shift down. And then the problem started. I think we saved the weekend, we take a lot of positive things and now we have ten more days to work hard to allow us to be better.
 
Jürgen Lingg
I'm very happy for Marcel and for his entire crew, they really always do a great job. Marcel has always had the best rhythm of all in the last five or six races. In the end it was only a matter of time. He showed a really good race today. I also liked the fact that he still attacked Oliveira, even though that was a very optimistic move. But that shows his self-confidence, which he now has and also needs. I think if he starts finding his rhythm faster in the first three laps, then there is a lot more possible. He's hungry now and that's important. Mugello was very unfortunate back then and it was a bit of a turning point because after that he was a bit unlucky but he's left that behind now.
What Xavi did was incredible. I was just expecting him to finish the race and was secretly hoping he might get one or two points. But that was just amazing. He is a true fighter. It's nice to see how he gives everything, always tries and does everything possible. He deserves my highest respect for what he delivered today.
 
Source: www.intactgp.de
 
 
 
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