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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Oct 22 2018
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Determined Vierge secures eighth place in Motegi

In the Grand Prix of Japan Xavi Vierge fought in fourth place for a long time and finally secured eighth place, while Marcel Schrötter crossed the finish line in eleventh place.
 
The 16th of 19 races of the 2018 season, held in bright sunshine at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan this Sunday, was more difficult than expected for the Dynavolt Intact GP riders.
 
Xavi Vierge secured his best starting position on Saturday in qualifying since the Sachsenring Grand Prix, where he started from sixth on the grid. The whole Japan weekend, the Spaniard had to adapt to some major setup changes made by his crew. In the race, the 21-year-old proved once again that he is a real racer. From the start he battled in fourth place and did his best to fend off the onrushing group with Miguel Oliveira in front. He succeeded until the middle of the race, then had to clear the way and fell into eighth place. Still, now he can take the positive feeling of Sunday to Down Under and keep on going in this direction.
 
With second place in the Warm-Up on Sunday morning, Marcel Schrötter showed that he was more than ready for the 22-lap Japan GP. He led the second row in fourth and was sixth after the start. But the 25-year-old could not retrieve his strong rhythm from the practice sessions in the race and had little to oppose against his rivals. He slipped back to eleventh place, despite all attempts to catch up with the group in front of him or leave his pursuers behind. Slightly disappointed with the outcome of the race, he now hopes to make things better in Australia next week.
 
The MotoGP World Championship will continue on Phillip Island from 26 to 28 October in just a few days. 
 
Following the disqualification of race winner Fabio Quartararo, the Dynavolt Intact GP riders Xavi Vierge and Marcel Schrötter climbed up to places seven and ten of the Japanese Grand Prix.
 
 
 
 
Race
1. Fabio QUARTARARO / FRA / SPEED UP
2. Francesco BAGNAIA / ITA / KALEX
3. Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / KALEX
7. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX
10. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX
 
Moto2 Championship
1. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 284
2. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 247
3. BINDER Brad / RSA / 168
4. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 152
5. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 139
6. MIR Joan / SPA / 129
7. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 124
8. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 115
9. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 111
10. MARINI Luca / ITA / 111
11. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 110
12. LECUONA Iker / SPA / 60
13. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 55
14. CORSI Simone / ITA / 47
15. LOWES Sam / GBR / 46
 
Team Classification
1. RED BULL KTM AJO / 415
2. SKY RACING TEAM VR46 / 395
3. EG 0,0 MARC VDS / 268
4. DYNAVOLT INTACT GP / 234
5. PONS HP40 / 186
6. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM / 156
7. MB CONVEYORS - SPEED UP / 119
8. SWISS INNOVATIVE INVESTO / 106
9. FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO / 55
10. TASCA RACING SCUDERIA M / 47
11. TECH 3 RACING / 31
12. KIEFER RACING / 30
13. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA / 21
14. MARINELLI SNIPERS TEAM / 14
15. FORWARD RACING TEAM / 8
16. SAG TEAM / 8
17. NTS RW RACING GP / 6
18. PETRONAS SPRINTA RACING / 1
 
Xavi Vierge
I made a very good start and in the first laps I could follow the top 3 but when the other riders made a step on their lap times, I couldn't follow. In every lap I lost two or three tenths and the chasing group caught me. I tried to fight hard for the fourth position but it wasn't possible today. When the other riders passed me, I made a mistake while trying to overtake them again. It's a pity because fourth position today would have been good but anyway we need to take the positive things with us. The team did a very good job, we made a good step forward on the setting and I am happy about this. We need to make another move but now we leave for Australia, which is a really nice track. We try to follow this way because this was very promising.
 
Marcel Schrötter
I can't really explain what was going on in the race. This is the first time that we finished outside the top 10 and especially after such a weekend where we were always in the lead. I do not understand what exactly didn't work for us in the race. Of course, the first laps are crucial, but the fact that I just could not keep up is unbelievable. I cannot find an explanation right now. It was a difficult weekend with too little track time on Friday, where you normally do a lot of laps. I don't know, but I have the impression that I am struggling on these "stop and go" tracks. I'm looking forward to Australia. This is a track that I extremely like and it's the complete opposite to here. I am sure that we can do well again there. We will of course continue to work hard, but that was a big disappointment today. We keep showing that we're one of the fastest, but we do not show that in the race. I don't know if it's mostly up to me, or if it's a combination with the bike on race day and myself, that I just can not give 110% and that makes it hard, We have to find that out now and unfortunately we don't have much time left his year. We did a good job until Sunday. This morning we were in front. So the problem is not our speed. We just have to find something that works better in the race. Personally, I will try everything. I was very motivated for the race and I was looking forward to it. I did not waste any thought about it being a long, hard race. I wanted to have fun, overtake people and hold against the others. From the beginning I realized that I couldn’t compete at all. There has to be a reason for that. I can only apologize from my side, because the team is still doing a very perfect job, technically bike always works well, so I'm sorry, but we win as a team and we lose as a team. We will continue in Australia and then hopefully it will be better again. 
 
Jürgen Lingg
After this weekend and the rhythm that Marcel had, we expected more in the race. Now we have to take a close look at what was going on there. It actually already started in the first lap. After he was not able to prevail properly, it has then pulled through the whole race like a red thread. But as I said, we have to analyse it now and see what we can do. We hope to make it better again next time. Xavi, on the other hand, was very positive. He was actually struggling in all the sessions and in qualifying it was damage control as he was able to do a few fast laps. From seventh on the grid, he rode a solid race and until the midway through the race it was really good. He just could not fight back at the end, because the rear grip was gone. However, you could tell that he desperately wanted it and pushed hard. I really liked that and I think if we can build on that, he can make a step forward in Philip Island.
 
Source: www.intactgp.de



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