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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Oct 23 2017
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Cortese »on the edge« going into Top-10 & chaotic day for Schrötter

On an eventful race Sunday at Phillip Island, Sandro Cortese claimed a solid ninth place, while Marcel Schrötter had to accept painful set-backs.
After experiencing difficulties on his absolute favourite track at Phillip Island, Sandro Cortese was one of the main protagonists in the rainy Warm-up on Sunday morning. As the second fastest of the morning, he went into the Australian Grand Prix with confidence. In the 25- laps long race, which took place in the dry, the 27-year-old battled strong, but also on the limit, in a group that was fighting for sixth place, and finally grabbed the ninth position.
Marcel Schrötter on the other side experienced a chaotic day. On Saturday, the 24-year-old claimed the second grid position, the best qualifying result of his Grand Prix career so far. But then he crashed in the Warm-up and hit his head heavily. Fortunately, the Medical Center soon gave him the OK for the race. But this too was very unlucky for the Suter rider. After one lap he was in fifth position behind Brad Binder and Dominique Aegerter, when his rear tyre slipped in the corner. In this crash, pole-setter Mattia Pasini also fell into the gravel after he was right behind Marcel.
In the World Championship ranking, Sandro collected seven points, but still remains in 18th place before the second last race next weekend in Malaysia. Right in front of him, teammate Marcel is now in the 17th position with only four points ahead.
1. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM
2. Brad BINDER / RSA / KTM
World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 272
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 243
3. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 191
4. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 190
5. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 150
6. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 135
7. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 128
8. CORSI Simone / ITA / 105
9. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 90
10. BINDER Brad / RSA / 89
11. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 86
12. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 82
13. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 60
14. MARINI Luca / ITA / 59
15. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 50
16. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 47
17. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 47
18. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 43
19. RAFFIN Jesko / SWI / 25
20. GARDNER Remy / AUS / 23
Sandro Cortese
For me it was a really difficult and disappointing weekend, especially because Phillip Island is one of my favourite tracks. I have never been competitive and rode on the edge today. To stay with that group was difficult and hard work. I have issues that we can't seem to solve. Our top speed was too slow so that I was loosing a lot of time on the straight and made it hard for me to defend my position. Sepang will be just as tough with it's two long straights. I just hope that we don't have quite as many top speed issues like this week. My team still did a great job. We worked in a completely wrong direction yesterday and still managed to build a bike that was able to finish in top ten. I just expected a whole lot more from this weekend.
Marcel Schrötter
It surely wasn't a good day for me. Actually, I felt pretty good in the wet compared to Japan. The crash in warm-up came unexpected and was pretty heavy as well. Physically I didn't hurt myself too bad, just knocked my head heavily. Still, I felt good on the bike and I used the Warm-Up lap to get the right feeling again. The start wasn't too bad either. Morbidelli and Binder slipped through in the slipstream on the long straight but all in all I only lost two positions. Then I had a little battle with Dominique Aergerter, the gap was only small and I thought I could close up again within one lap. I really felt good but then I crashed again. My rear tyre slide off in the middle of the corner and I just couldn't save it anymore. Today has been a real disappointment. Looking at the times Olivera & Co. rode in the race, with high 1.34 times, I am sure that I could have been able to keep up with them. Knowing I could have battled with Olivera makes it even worse to throw such a chance in the gravel. It is about time for me to finally bring home a result like that. Today just simply wasn't my day at all.
Jürgen Lingg
After the crappy practice yesterday, Sandro was pretty strong in the rainy Warm-up this morning. He rode a solid race, fought hard in his group. It was a shame he lost a few positions in the end. All in all it was more of a damage control after the Qualifying yesterday. Our setting yesterday wasn't anywhere near of where we should be. Unfortunately the rain kept us from trying a few changes this morning but it would have been too risky to try something new in the race and so it was like a lottery gamble. Sandro was giving it all today.
For Marcel is was an immense shame after his great second starting position. The crash this morning didn't help him either. He wanted to stick with the front in the race and pushed a little too hard with the cold tyres. It might have worked a lap later. It was a real shame but we need to move on and focus on Sepang. The only positive is that we had a pretty good speed here and now we will try and repeat that in Malaysia.
Source: www.intactgp.de