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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Apr 11 2018
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Vierge celebrates a fantastic podium in Termas

Xavi Vierge stormed from pole position to an incredible second place in Argentina, while Marcel Schrötter also performed a strong race and finally crossed the finish line in tenth place after a great catch up.
 
The Argentina Grand Prix could be started as a dry race, after it had rained all night and the warm-up on Sunday morning took place under completely wet conditions.
 
Xavi Vierge secured his first pole position on Saturday for his 44th Grand Prix start. In the 23-round thriller at the Termas de Rio Hondo on Sunday, the Spaniard fought resolutely for the podium and cheered at the end in second place.
 
Xavi started well and led the Moto2 field through the first corners when he slipped to fourth place in the following laps. After a touch with Lorenzo Baldassarri, Xavi had to catch a pretty heavy slide and then lost the connection to the front group. But with five laps to go, he was at that point fastest on the track, catching up again and was on podium course. When he moved past Miguel Oliveira to second place, he put the leader Mattia Pasini under pressure and narrowly missed the win.
 
Aboard his Intact GP Kalex, Marcel Schrötter made up ten places in the Argentina GP. After struggling at Termas in the past few days, the 25-year-old already made a good step forward in the warm-up, finishing in eighth position. At the start, Marcel moved straight from twentieth position directly to the 14th place and fought furthermore in the chasing group. He battled with Bagnaia and fought some hard duels with Lecuona, from which he finally emerged as the winner. With a tenth place he did damage control of a difficult weekend and claimed his seventh place in the championship ranking.
 
Thanks to the second podium of his career, Xavi Vierge gained 20 points and rose to the fourth place in the World Championship standings. With another six points from Marcel Schrötter, the Dynavolt Intact GP-Team took over the lead in the Moto2 team classification.
 
After a week off, the 2018 World Championship will be continued in Austin, Texas from 20 to 22 April.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Race
1. Mattia PASINI / ITA / KALEX
2. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX
3. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM
10. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX
 
World Standing
1. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 38
2. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 33
3. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 32
4. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 28
5. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 27
6. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 27
7. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 15
8. GARDNER Remy / AUS / 14
9. MIR Joan / SPA / 14
10. BINDER Brad / RSA / 10
11. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 9
12. MARINI Luca / ITA / 7
13. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 6
14. LECUONA Iker / SPA / 5
15. KENT Danny / GBR / 4
 
Xavi Vierge
I'm so happy with the pole position and a podium here in Argentina. I think we have done a good job under these difficult conditions. I made a mistake within the first laps. When I wanted to pass Baldassari, I touched him. It was still a bit wet off the line and I lost control of the bike, but fortunately I was able to avoid crashing. But I completely lost the connection to the top group. I tried to be faster and catch up with them. But it was difficult because I always lost in the last two corners compared to them. In the end I did it and it was fun to fight with Mattia until the last round. I tried everything to overtake him, but today it simply was not possible. This second position is very good and I would like to thank my team. Of course, our goal is to achieve such results also in the future and to continue to fight with the best riders.
 
Marcel Schrötter
I am not 100% satisfied with the race. I did moved up ten positions, but in the end it was more of a damage control. I hope this weekend was an exception. It was just so complicated and I still don't know what the issue was, but it really didn't work for us. Starting from the twentieth position is even more difficult with these circumstances. You can't just go on the inside, because the inner line was still wet. I rode aggressively and I generally have ride like that in the races. I am sure that speed wise, I could have caught up with the group in front of me. Unfortunately, when I came up to the eleventh position, they were already too far away from me. Lecuona attacked me over and over again and when I was in front, I couldn't get away from him. Through his overtaking attempts, we were about one second slower and in the end Bagnaia slipped through and then we continued to fight. Although I was able to keep up, I also approached Bagnaia again, but then the race was over. Of course I'm disappointed, but we still took points with us and that was important. We have to learn from this weekend and then we will attack again in Austin. I would like to thank my team, because that was certainly not an easy weekend for them either. Everyone always stands behind me, motivating me and I want to congratulate Xavi as well. He had a great weekend and I hope that next time we will be with the front again.
 
Jürgen Lingg
I am absolutely happy. Pole position and a second place in the race. Xavi has narrowly missed the victory, but we now have the first place in the team ranking. I think it can go on like that. I am convinced that this will be a quite exciting season. Marcel also rode a good race from his position. That surely was damage control and this has brought us to the top in the team ranking. We will now see what we can do to improve even further in the future and of course we hope for a victory soon. In Austin, we start from scratch again, but of course we will go to Texas with a good feeling and we will give everything we can.
 
Source: www.intactgp.de


 
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