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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Mar 19 2018
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Fantastic kick-off for the Dynavolt Intact GP-Duo

It was the best season start for the Dynavolt Intact GP crew as two-rider team. In the 20 lap-long battle at Qatar, Marcel Schrötter and Xavi Vierge set a solid point base for this years Moto2 Championship with places seven and eight.
The racing team from the Allgäu can be satisfied with the first Grand Prix of the year. After competetive performances in the practice sessions and a strong race of the two Dynavolt Intact GP riders, they can now be delighted to have achieved a total of 17 championship points, as well as a fifth place in the team ranking.
The temperatures were bearable due to a light breeze on Sunday and at least around 14,000 spectators came to the desert to see the unique floodlit season opener in Qatar.
Marcel Schrötter and Xavi Vierge made up some places at the start. Coming from position three and four, they rode into the first corner as fourth and sixth. After the leading group was out of reach, the Kalex riders fought eye to eye with the KTM's of Miguel Oliveira and Brad Binder. After 20 nerve-racking laps, always pushing the limit and with a constantly fast rhythm, Marcel and Xavi crossed the finish line of the Losail International Circuit in seventh and eighth place. The best achievements in Moto2 for the two teammates at the season opener of Qatar so far.
The connection to the top 5 is done. In the warm-up session in the afternoon, both Intact GP riders were within the top guys. Xavi Vierge secured a third place, while Marcel Schrötter took the seventh place with just 0.2 seconds behind the top.
With nine and eight points in the bag the team leaves Qatar and the second round of the 2018 World Championship will take place in two weeks time. From the 6th to 8th of April, the MotoGP circus will meet again in Termas de Rio Hondo / Argentina.
1. Francesco BAGNAIA / ITA / KALEX
World Standing
1. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 25
2. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 20
3. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 16
4. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 13
5. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 11
6. BINDER Brad / RSA / 10
7. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 9
8. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 8
9. MARINI Luca / ITA / 7
10. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 6
11. MIR Joan / SPA / 5
12. GARDNER Remy / AUS / 4
13. BARBERA Hector / SPA / 3
14. CORSI Simone / ITA / 2
15. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 1
16. VIÑALES Isaac / SPA / 0
17. KENT Danny / GBR / 0
19. LOCATELLI Andrea / ITA / 0
20. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 0
Marcel Schrötter
Overall, it was a good start to the season, but I think there was more in it. We did a good job and although we did well the whole weekend, it was still a difficult weekend. The conditions are the same for everyone, but with the few winter tests and the cold temperatures there, it's hard to come here and ride with 55°C and then again at 25°C in the evening. For us, who changed the chassis, it's simply not optimal. Others like Bagnaia and Marquez have more comparable data and know their bikes better. In the end, it is a good debut and of course I would have liked to stay in front of the KTM's. The front guys had an incredibly fast pace in the beginning. Actually, I was pretty happy with my pace, even over the distance, but then the front was already gone. I simply couldn't catch up with Pasini in fifth. We then fought a lot within our group and unfortunately I could not keep up. It was not easy to follow the KTM's. Nevertheless, we can be satisfied with this start to the season and we will analyze everything for the next race.
Xavi Vierge
I expected a little bit more. But anyway, it was the first race of the years so its not too bad. We worked really hard during the weekend but we had some small problems with the rear. In the race I needed more grip to have a better rhythm. Still, it was a good weekend for us and the situation with the team and bike is good and so this position is not bad after all. Now we will continue to work hard to understand what the limitations are for the next races.
Jürgen Lingg
That was a good start of the season. We can't expect a miracle right away, so it was okay. We have made the move up to the Top 5 and now it can go forward. I think we have room for improvement, but that was just the first step and I'm absolutely happy with out two riders. They both finished safely. Marcel may have lacked a bit of assertiveness at the end with the KTM's, but I think if he battles with the front more often, he'll learn to be persistent. In general, Marcel was fast all weekend, even on old tires. We have to mention that Patrick and the rest of the team do a great job. They've made set-up changes from yesterday to today and it worked perfectly. They really deserve my respect. If things continue like this, we can be really satisfied.
Source: www.intactgp.de