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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Jun 07 2017
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Schrötter takes 11th at the Italian round

Dynavolt Intact GP rider Marcel Schrötter crossed the finish line of the Mugello Circuit in 11th position, while Sandro Cortese finished his frustrating weekend in Italy as 19th.
The minimal gap, with which Marcel Schrötter missed a top-ten result in the sixth race of the season, was hardly visible with the naked eye. Only the photo finish made the three thousands of a second apparent, that he passed the chequered flag in 11th behind Brad Binder. After a strong battle within his group, which wasn't far off the lead, the 24-year-old brought home five championship points. A difficult weekend in Mugello ended conciliatory at least for one side of the Dynavolt Intact GP garage.
In front of the thousands of Italian fans, who had been cheering from the grandstands already in the morning for the warm-up session, the problems Sandro Cortese has had over the past days seemed to have been blown away. With only half a second deficit, the 27-year-old bounced back to sixth position. However, in the race he faced some major issues with chattering of the front wheel, after he worked his way up from 17th into the points. He was without the chance on his Suter and finally dropped back finishing the race in 19th.
Giving up is not an option for the German with Italian routes after one of his favourite races of the GP-calendar was unfortunately harder than expected. The Moto2 squad will fight back in Barcelona next week, when the seventh Grand Prix of 2017 will take place in Cataluña from 9th - 11th of June.
1. Mattia PASINI / ITA / KALEX
2. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX
19. Sandro CORTESE / GER / SUTER
World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 113
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 100
3. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 78
4. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 70
5. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 53
6. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 49
7. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 46
8. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 41
9. MARINI Luca / ITA / 41
10. CORSI Simone / ITA / 35
11. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 32
12. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 32
13. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 26
14. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 23
15. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 13
16. HERNANDEZ Yonny / COL / 13
17. BINDER Brad / RSA / 13
18. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 3
19. PONS Axel / SPA / 13
20. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 10
Marcel Schrötter
I started well and managed to push right into the first corner. I was in the throng and peaked right in but when you have someone to your left and right, you just have to go with the flow for a while. Measured by the difficulties we've had this weekend, it ended somewhat satisfying for us. We've worked hard and had several setbacks throughout the weekend. It was simply a really tough weekend. I didn't have enough confidence during the race to attack properly. I wasn't able to fight back from the slipstreams and so I struggled on gaining it back on the brakes in order to make up for it without risking too much. When I led the group in the beginning I even managed to set decent lap times without the help of slipstreams. Anyway, we won some very important championship points, even though the result is not what we were hoping for. I even gained two positions in the last lap but then Binder slipped through on the straight. We just need to keep working hard on improving the whole package. Right now we are forcing too much and I think if we make small improvements we can easily have better results. The group was close and so we weren't far off a good result but we need to be stronger.
Sandro Cortese
It was a sobering weekend for all of us. After the glimmer of hope during this morning’s Warm-up session, we were thrown back to reality in the race. I gave it my best and pushed 110% to get some points but I currently struggle to go fast on the bike. We can be fast for maybe one or two laps but surely not throughout the whole race. I train as hard as never before to stay fit. We have to take the bike as it is right now, other riders like Dominique Aegerter or Marcel obviously get along better than me. I just can't handle it and we simply don't get on a green branch right now. No matter what we do, we'll end up with the same problems. We need to analyse now and keep fighting. Giving up is not an option but it really is depressing, especially because where I am right now is just not fun.
Jürgen Lingg
Both of our riders fought hard, it was a big group they've been in. Marcel's chasing group was even able to catch up, which was good but it was a shame that Marcel couldn't quite prevail at the end. This result was damage control after the difficult Qualifying yesterday. He has to be more aggressive and we also need to make technical improvements. Sandro faced some major issues after only a few laps. He had to cope with strong vibrations in the front wheel. We have to sit down with Öhlins and Dunlop now and try to figure out what has caused this. Barcelona can be completely different next week because you simply can't compare any of the tracks; each has their own specific characteristic. We will continue our hard work and give all we've got next week.
Source: www.intactgp.de