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GP of Valencia

Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Nov 13 2017
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Hard-earned points for Schrötter - Unfortunate farewell for Cortes

At the Grand Prix of Valencia, Marcel Schrötter took home a solid 13th place, while Sandro Cortese unfortunately could not take his farewell weekend for the Dynavolt Intact GP team across the finish line.
Marcel Schrötter gritted his teeth at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit's dense crowded stands and braved his position in the chasing group for tenth place in the last race of the 2017 season. For 27 rounds, the 24-year-old had to hide the pain of his left hand and keep his nerves in order to avoid making any mistakes. Finally, he managed to get the 13th place. After missing four races this year due to his scaphoid bone injury and having not been 100% fit again since then, Marcel finished the year with 50 points in 17th place.
It was a bitter farewell for Sandro Cortese, who crashed over the front tyre after eight laps in turn 11 being in 16th position. Throughout the whole weekend the rider from Berkheim did not find enough confidence to the front of his Suter, with which he rode his last race today. One of his most difficult years in Moto2 lies behind the 27-year-old, who ended the 2017 season with 43 points in 17th place.
The Grand Prix of Valencia also ended Sandro Cortese's era together with the Intact GP team. Five years in the toughest category of the World Championship, which left its mark sometimes, but also contained some highlights. Five years, in which he and the Bavarian crew contested 88 races, resulted in the front row 7 times and achieved unforgettable 3 podiums - 2014 in Brno, 2015 in Japan and 2016 in Australia. We are grateful for the many beautiful moments and wish Sandro all the best for his future!
Also for wildcard rider Jake Dixon, the weekend in Valencia was not a lucky one. He had to miss the race because of great pain after hurting his back hard with a heavy highside on Saturday. He already had to sit out the qualifying on the race doctor's orders. In the warm-up on Sunday morning, the Brit tried again, but after another crash, the weekend was finally over for the British Superbike rider.
For the Dynavolt Intact GP team, a new chapter will be opened next week. Already on Thursday and Friday (16./17.11.), the Moto2 squad will complete the first test of the 2018 season in Jerez de la Frontera with new rider Xavi Vierge and with Marcel Schrötter. This will be immediately followed by another two days of testing (20. /21.11.) back in Valencia.
1. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM
3. Brad BINDER / RSA / KTM
World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 308
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 243
3. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 241
4. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 201
5. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 174
6. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 148
7. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 137
8. BINDER Brad / RSA / 125
9. CORSI Simone / ITA / 117
10. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 106
11. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 98
12. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 88
13. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 64
14. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 60
15. MARINI Luca / ITA / 59
16. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 51
17. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 50
18. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 43
19. PONS Axel / SPA / 27
20. RAFFIN Jesko / SWI / 26
Marcel Schrötter
Valencia is a pretty demanding track over this long distance, you can never catch a breath. Also in the past, when I was fit, I had problems with the upper arms here. With the injury it was even more exhausting. In the trainings, I've already noticed that I don't get along as well as maybe in Philipp Island. There are just a lot of corners, where you brake hard and then almost only left-handed and that's my problem. I really wanted to finish the race and have been trying hard to keep my position and pace for the last eight laps. I then made small mistakes and that is disappointing. A 13th place is not what I expected. After all, I really wanted to get points, after failing in the last two races. There are waiting some significant tests that we are going to ride and then it's important that I give my hand the time to heal and that I prepare well for next year. If we start where we left off, I'm fit again and doing everything better, I'm confident for a good 2018 season.
Sandro Cortese
Unfortunately I finished the year as it started. This is a big disappointment for me. I just could not deliver, I could never really adapt and always tried everything until the end, but I just could not get along with the bike. I've tried to adapt to it over the year, but as soon as I got a bit into my rhythm and rode fast into the turns, I crashed without warning. 99% of all my crashes happened like this, always over the front tyre. My crew always gave everything, from the first test to the end they tried to find a solution, did a great job and we never had any technical defects. You also have to emphasize that. It has always been excellent work. I have always been able to rely on the technology and the bike. It was not always easy in the past five years, of course. Nevertheless, it was a very nice time on and off the track.
Jürgen Lingg
It was really a shame for Sandro. He had been struggling all weekend. It would have been nice, if he had taken home a few more points. But we cannot change that now and have to accept it that way. Marcel was not able to fight with full powerh in the first laps because of his hand. Later he was riding similar times to that of the riders from fourth place. About ten laps to go, the strength was gone in the hand, but he fought bravely and could take home a few more points. You cannot expect anything more, he got the maximum out of it. Now we have to gather for a short while and have everything set before the new season starts tomorrow. We are all highly motivated and of course we want to do better than this year.
Source: www.intactgp.de