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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Oct 08 2018
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Vierge catching up strongly in Thailand & Schrötter unlucky in the first lap

After an exciting and challenging weekend in Thailand, Xavi Vierge secured eleventh place in the race on Sunday, while Marcel Schrötter was kicked out of the race in the first lap. 

The entire weekend on the new MotoGP racetrack, the Chang International Circuit, was more difficult than previously expected for the Dynavolt Intact GP team. Nevertheless, from the beginning onwards, Marcel Schrötter and Xavi Vierge have enjoyed riding on the Thai circuit in front of thousands of Asian motorcycle fans.
 
Unfortunately, for Marcel Schrötter the race was over way to fast. Shortly after the 25-year-old started from tenth place into the Thailand Grand Prix, he was knocked down by Joan Mir, who crashed on the inside of turn three. The bike of the Spaniard hit the right side of Marcel's Kalex and hit his forearm quite hard. Apart from a bruise, the Bavarian seemed to have gotten away without further injuries. In the Championship ranking it was not a step forward, nor backwards, since his biggest rivals like Mir, Alex Marquez and Lorenzo Baldassarri also didn't finish the race. He remains in seventh place and can start the next attack in Japan.
 
Xavi Vierge, on the other hand, can leave Buriram with five points in his pocket. The Spaniard fought hard for any improvements over the past three days. In the race, the 21-year-old again gave everything to make up positions from the 20th starting position. After a few crashes in front of him at the start of the 24-lap battle, he managed to leave a few riders behind him and eventually crossed the finish line in eleventh place. In the World Championship, he unfortunately slipped behind Luca Marini, who made it on the podium in Thailand, and now occupies eleventh place.
 
In two weeks, the Intact GP team will return to Asia to continue their work in Japan from 19th to 21st of October.
 
 
 
Race
1. Francesco BAGNAIA / ITA / KALEX
2. Luca MARINI / ITA / KALEX
3. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM
11. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX
nc Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX
 
Moto2 World Championship
1. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 259
2. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 231
3. BINDER Brad / RSA / 157
4. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 132
5. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 126
6. MIR Joan / SPA / 124
7. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 118
8. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 113
9. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 111
10. MARINI Luca / ITA / 104
11. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 101
12. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 55
13. LECUONA Iker / SPA / 52
14. CORSI Simone / ITA / 47
15. LOWES Sam / GBR / 46
 
Team Classification
1. RED BULL KTM AJO / 388
2. SKY RACING TEAM VR46/ 363
3. EG 0,0 MARC VDS/ 250
4. DYNAVOLT INTACT GP/ 219
5. PONS HP40/ 156
6. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM/ 154
7. MB CONVEYORS - SPEED UP/ 119
8. SWISS INNOVATIVE INVESTO/ 98
9. FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO/ 55
10. TASCA RACING SCUDERIA M/ 47
11. TECH 3 RACING/ 30
12. KIEFER RACING/ 27
13. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA/ 17
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
The weekend in general was pretty tough. For the fact that it is a new track, we started quickly into FP1 and quickly found a good feeling, but then the whole weekend became difficult. We tried to improve and tried to find a solution, but nothing worked. In each session I only improved tenths by tenths and that is unusual for a new track. Of course we have no reference here. Every time you go out, you learn something new. Usually you improve quickly, but that wasn't possible this weekend. The times we rode were similar to all the other GP's, but we needed a completely different set-up here. I don't understand why, but anyway, in the race I gave everything - from the first to the last lap. In the beginning I wasn't very lucky. In the first two laps everyone crashed in front of me and I lost some positions, but when everything calmed down I tried to make up some places. But my rhythm was the same as the whole weekend. It was difficult to follow the others. Unfortunately, I couldn't do more. I tried everything, even changed my riding style during the race and tried to understand what I had to do to improve. But nothing has changed. We are a team; we take all the information with us and try to find a solution together. We will stay positive and continue our work.
 
Marcel Schrötter
Actually I had a very good start, but then I orientated myself on the outer line in the first corner, just to take the speed into the straight. That worked well. In the second turn the same again. The track is just so wide, so you take advantage of the space and I've even made up some meters. On the outside it's always a risk when something happens inside. Unfortunately, it caught me just like that. I just noticed an extreme hit in the right side of my bike and arm. That's very bitter, because I think we had a good chance. The race was not too fast in the first ten laps and many of our championship rivals also crashed and we could have made up a few places in the Championship. If I look at the results now, we could have achieved a top 5 place from the pace I had. But that does not help. We lost no positions in the championship because Mir, Marquez and Baldassari in front of me also crashed in the race. Of course, the third place is now further away, but unfortunately there is nothing much more to say. I would have liked to finish the race. We will attack again in Japan and try everything to be up front again. At first, it hurt a lot because I felt like the whole punch went into my arm. I then felt that I could slightly move it again, but it will be a proper bruise. The impact was definitely hard. But I think that nothing is broken.
 
Jürgen Lingg
In general, I must say that Buriram is a really great circuit. It has a nice ambience and we all enjoyed this weekend. The infrastructure is also very good and is much better than we expected. Sporting-wise we started very slowly. Overall, we didn't improve enough. After the track walk we thought, that's a good track and that we can do it. Both riders had a relatively difficult start into the weekend. We have improved, but just not enough. Xavi made the best of it in the race. Even though we expected more. I think we now know what we can do better on his side in Japan. With Marcel, it was a shame that he was kicked out that way. He told me that he actually felt good and realized in the warm-up lap that everything fits well. Marcel is usually really strong at such hot temperatures, where it is physically demanding, because he is simply in a great shape. We can't change what happened, that's racing. We will attack again in two weeks.

Source: www.intactgp.de

 

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