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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Apr 24 2017
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Schrötter keeps closing up! Top eight place America

The Grand Prix of the Americas meant yet another progress for Marcel Schrötter. The Dynavolt Intact-GP rider crossed the finish line in eighth position and once again brings home Championship points. Sandro Cortese bravely fought through the race besides shifting issues and finished in 23rd.


The third race of the 2017 season took place in Austin/Texas under sunny and not too hot conditions and went off with mixed emotions for the Dynavolt Intact GP-Crew.

There was justified delight on Marcel Schrötter's side of the garage. The 24 year old once again confirmed his on-going progress. Starting from eleventh place he rode a strong 19 lap long race in the group fighting for fifth position. With the 8th place end eight more Championship points the Bavarian jumped from 17th to 13th in the Championship chart. After three weeks spending in South-, Middle- and North America he now returns to Europe with a lot more confidence.

Teammate Sandro Cortese had misfortune in the Americas-GP. The 27 year old couldn't defend his solid ninth starting position. After the start he managed to stay in the front group, but from lap two onwards he experienced an issue trying to shift into first gear. This caused him to go wide several times. He preserved till the very end of the race even if it's just in 23rd place.

In two weeks time the Suter riders will attack again and for the first race this year on European soil. From 5th till 7th of May the MotoGP World Championship will head to Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, to contest in the fourth race of the season.



 



 



Race:
1. Franco MORBIDELLI / ITA / KALEX
2. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX
3. Takaaki NAKAGAMI / JPN / KALEX
8. Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER/ SUTER
23. Sandro CORTESE / GER / SUTER


World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 75
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 56
3. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 43
4. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 325. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 25
6. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 24
7. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 21
8. MARINI Luca / ITA / 20
9. CORSI Simone / ITA / 19
10. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 18
11. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 13
12. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 13
13. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 13
14. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 11
15. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 8
16. BINDER Brad / RSA / 7
17. PONS Axel / SPA / 6
18. RAFFIN Jesko / SWI / 5
19. SIMEON Xavier / BEL / 4
20. KENT Danny / GBR / 3

Marcel Schrötter
The start was good, there was a lot going in in the first corner and I think I even touched Sandro. That’s why I lost time, apart from that I was good on the brakes going into Turn 1. I managed to gain a few places in the first round but during the next couple of laps I had an issue on the start/finish straight. I wasn't able to switch into second gear and so I lost everything I fought for. Another two riders slipped through and that’s a shame because especially at the beginning it is important to hold the ground. Instantly I tried to fight back and close the gap but I couldn't get more out of it. There were two, three sections where I lost precious time and so I had to regain it all in the other parts of the track. Unfortunately it was never enough to overtake. An eighth place is good. The Suter is a great bike but we just need to move in the right way because right now it is still too exhausting to ride. It is still a bit edgy and not smooth enough. But today we got important points for the Championship. We need to find the perfect base setup. I am curious to see what we can do in Jerez in two weeks as we struggled in the winter tests. By now we know how to handle the bike a lot better and solved several problems so let's see what we can achieve there.

Sandro Cortese
I had a good start and I was in the group together with Marcel but from the second or third lap I almost couldn't switch into first gear anymore. It was hard work getting it in. I lost so much time due to this issue because I had to shift back early in order to get down the gears in time. This is a very unfortunate end to this weekend. Now we have to forget about this race and keep to look ahead. We have already taken a good course and now I am looking forward to Jerez.

Jürgen Lingg
I am really happy with Marcel's result. The placement is one thing but he managed to significantly reduce the gap to the lead. The fifth position was in reach and even the leading riders weren't that much faster apart from a few laps. He made a good step forward even if the result doesn't reflect it that much. It was a really positive result, for which he fought hard. In one lap he lost quite some time but he instantly pushed back and closed the gap again. That was tough work for sure because the moment you lose the slipstream it gets hard to close up again. Sandro apparently had a major issue with shifting into first gear going into the hairpin. We need to analyse what the issue was.

Source: www.intactgp.de
 

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