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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Oct 16 2017
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Schrötter takes home points. Cortese has been denied his deserved reward.
For Marcel Schrötter, the Japan Grand Prix ended with championship points in 13th place, while Sandro Cortese got taken out by a crashing rival after only a few laps, destroying his chance for a positive finish of a very strong weekend.
The race day of a wet Motegi weekend began with waiting. After oil got on the asphalt in the Moto3 warm-up, the track had to be cleaned first. As a result, the Moto2 warm-up started one and a half hours later than normal. No problem for Sandro Cortese, who became second in the rain and raised the hopes for the race.
The race started later as well, at 1pm local time and was cut short to 15 laps, which meant an advantage for Marcel Schrötter, who had to strain his scaphoid injury for less laps.
Sandro, however, couldn't take home his much deserved reward for a very strong weekend. While he wanted to catch up on lost positions after the start into the Motegi GP, Tetsuta Nagashima crashed in the sixth lap while going into the corner right behind the Intact GP rider and took him out. At the same time Marcel, who struggled with the wet all weekend, managed to significantly improve his rhythm and feeling, finishing the race in 13th, scoring three championship points.
The two Suter riders will continue their points hunt in only one-week time at the Grand Prix of Australia from the 20th to 22nd of October.
2. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / TECH 3
World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 256
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 232
3. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 180
4. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 166
5. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 143
6. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 135
7. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 127
8. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 99
9. CORSI Simone / ITA / 95
10. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 82
11. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 78
12. BINDER Brad / RSA / 67
13. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 60
14. MARINI Luca / ITA / 59
15. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 48
16. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 47
17. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 46
18. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 35
19. GARDNER Remy / AUS / 21
20. PONS Axel / SPA / 17
Sandro Cortese
Another rider crashed and took me out. There is nothing much to say. At the beginning I lost some important positions because I nearly had a highsider in turn 1. We all rode about the same times for quite a while and that was why I couldn't really make up some positions. When I finally overtook Locatelli, I found my rhythm but in turn 3, Nagashima was far too late on the brakes, his front wheel clipped and he took me out in the corner. This is a real shame because I think this was our best race weekend all year. I have to look forward now. We have Phillip Island and Malaysia coming up, two chances to have good weekends.
Marcel Schrötter
I wouldn't call it a fantastic race because I simply lost too many positions in the first three laps, although I didn't even feel too bad in the beginning. Of course I still had the same issues as in the wet practice sessions. I had zero trust in my rear tyre. I never knew how much I could push, or how much lean angle I could go and so I lost a lot of time in these fast corners as I couldn't pull the gas consequently. Because of the rainy qualifying, a lot of fast riders stood behind us on the grid, which causes a lot of scramble and touching and that costs a lot of time. After I found my rhythm, it wasn't too bad. Of course I never had an optimal reliance but I just tried to keep my position and not let the gap become too big to the lead. My lap times weren't bad either. Still, I am disappointed because I just couldn't perform as I normally can. I had to concentrate hard not to make any mistakes. The fact that we claimed some championship points is good, even though I couldn't keep P12 after I tried to attack Gardner again. Bringing home points was totally unexpected after these difficult rainy practice sessions. We will learn from this weekend and start to look forward now. I hope it'll be dry at Phillip Island so that we can continue with our old form.
Jürgen Lingg
Sandro had such a good weekend, no matter if it was dry or wet. He did a fantastic job, was relaxed and this morning he was second fastest in warm-up. We've had high expectations, but in the first lap he already lost a lot of positions and struggled moving forward. Unfortunately he was taken out by another rider. This was very unfortunate because he was just about to move closer to the front.

Marcel on the other hand had a difficult weekend, but he made a really good progress and even caught an eighth starting position, besides his hand injury. This morning he wasn't as strong in the rain but he improved a lot in the race. Especially half way through the race, his lap times got noticeably faster. At some point he was about four seconds slower then the lead but he reduced the gap to 0.8 seconds and that was really good. It was great that he pulled through the whole race and he luckily got rewarded with three championship points. 

Source: www.intactgp.de