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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Oct 30 2017
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Double misfortune in the Sepang thriller

No luck for the Dynavolt Intact GP riders Sandro Cortese and Marcel Schrötter at the Malaysia Grand Prix. The former crashed shortly after the start into the penultimate race of the season, Schrötter slipped out of the corner towards the end, but still managed 17th place.
Almost 100.000 Malaysian motorsports enthusiasts came to the Sepang International Circiut on Sunday to cheer on their stars with incredibly hot battles. As expected, the Malaysian Grand Prix was one of the toughest races of the year, which unfortunately ended pointless for the Dynavolt Intact GP team.
Marcel Schrötter, who started from seventh place, hardly seemed to be affected by his hand injury anymore and rode a strong race, chasing place six. He battled in a group with local hero Hafizh Syahrin and the Spaniard, Xavi Vierge, closely followed by Isaac Viñales. The 24-year old crashed when trying to overtake one of his competitors, five laps before the end. He was able to re-join and finished the race, which counted more than ten crashes in total, in 17th position.
For Sandro Cortese the end at Sepang came a lot earlier. The 27-year old became the victim of the scramble in the first lap. When braking into the corner he hit the bike of the Japanese Takaaki Nakagami and went down heavily.
Although the ten points that the Moto2 squad earned in the past three weeks aren't what they aimed for at the Asian triplet, but the racing team from Memmingen can confidently travel to the final in Valencia, Spain. Marcel Schrötter secured himself the first starting row in Australia, which was his best Qualifying result of his racing career so far. Like his teammate, Sandro Cortese proved the practice sessions, that he is within the fast top ten riders.
When the MotoGP circus hits European ground again in Valencia from the 10th to 12th of November, both Suter riders have one last chance to improve their championship standings of 17th and 18th.
1. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM
2. Brad BINDER / RSA / KTM
World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 288
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 243
3. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 216
4. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 190
5. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 161
6. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 148
7. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 128
8. CORSI Simone / ITA / 110
9. BINDER Brad / RSA / 109
10. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 98
11. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 96
12. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 82
13. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 60
14. MARINI Luca / ITA / 59
15. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 56
16. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 50
17. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 47
18. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 43
19. RAFFIN Jesko / SWI / 26
20. GARDNER Remy / AUS / 23
Marcel Schrötter
My hand was under control and the crash had nothing to do with it. I wasn't on the limit either, probably too far from the limit. At the beginning I didn't have the speed and of course I didn't want to repeat last week's mistake. Sepang is always a race where a lot can happen. I soon realized that the others rode constant lap times and so I wanted to catch up step by step. We quickly over-ride the bike when we the tyre-wear is high and the lap times are getting slower than faster. Riding so precisely takes it's toll on you physically, plus the hand and with every brake I need to use my whole body to take away the pressure form my hand and that is exhausting. I don't want to blame my hand though as this has been the situation for weeks now and I get along with it. My plan was to close up with Syahrin in order to see if he can go faster again, like he used to at the beginning. I wanted to overtake in the next lap because I could have gone half a second faster, for sure. Maybe I waited too long and should have just sticked to my pace and I could have possibly avoided the crash. I am just disappointed, because once again it would have been a good result. I need to work on that for the future. Besides all the issues, we still see that we have got the speed and can be with the front. Once we fix the problems, I am sure we can fight for the podium. We will continue our hard work and try to have a good season final in Valencia.
Sandro Cortese
Obviously, it is truly disappointing to crash out in the first lap after these three weeks. I had a fantastic start and was in a good battle with Marcel and Taka. Unfortunately Nakagami and I ran into each other and I couldn't avoid the crash. It's such a shame and I am honestly sorry for the team. Once again, I think we gave it our best this weekend. This double drop out doesn't help anyone.
Jürgen Lingg
It is such a shame, yet again. Marcel started from the third row and rode a good and solid race. You could see that he was faster than the group in front of him. Unfortunately he lost his front, which didn't happen because he pushed too hard, it was more like he was not concentrated for a slip second. It is very unfortunate, because we've binned a top-six result. Sandro's race was also very unfortunate with his early crash. There isn't much I can say just that it is yet another weekend to forget. We will try to give it our best again at Valencia for the season finally and bring it to a conciliatory end.
Source: www.intactgp.de