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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Nov 19 2018
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Schrötter seventh in Valencia & Vierge crashes on podium hunt

With a seventh place Marcel Schrötter completed the rainy season final in Valencia in a sovereign manner. Unfortunately, Xavi Vierge was unlucky in his farewell race for the Dynavolt Intact GP team, crashing in third position.
 
Despite the heavy rain during the last Grand Prix weekend of the 2018 season, thousands of MotoGP fans have made their way to the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia to cheer for their idols. They were rewarded with extremely exciting races on Sunday.
 
When Marcel Schrötter started from third position, he was extremely lucky that he got away from a collision in front of him. However, he fell back a little and from then on fought in a group that ranged from places five to ten. Although the 25-year-old had a fast rhythm in the second half of the race, it was not enough to reach the fifth place anymore. The Bavarian ended the last GP in seventh place and thus again in the top ten, as each of the 15 races, which he finished in 2018.
 
Xavi Vierge started his home race from second position and was determined to secure a podium finish in his last race for the Dynavolt Intact GP team. The Spaniard was actually on his way to doing so. First, he was briefly in the lead in lap one and later fought for second and third place. But after eleven laps, the hunt for the podium was over when the 21-year-old slipped over the front wheel, landing in the gravel with his Kalex-bike. Although he was able to get back up and continue, he had to retire after one more lap.
 
Dynavolt Intact GP secured fourth place in the team ranking and 2018 was the best Moto2 season for both riders!
 
Marcel Schrötter has scored more points than ever since competing in the MotoGP World Championship. With 147 points he conquered the eighth place in the ranking. In Misano he celebrated his first ever podium, a very special highlight of his GP career and for an unbelievable seven times, he stormed into row one this year.
 
Although Xavi Vierge slid down to eleventh place in the Championship after crashing in Valencia and thus repeated his 2017 result, his collected 131 points are significantly more than what he had a year ago. He got on the Podium twice (2nd place in Argentina, 3rd place in Australia), took a spot in the front row four times and secured the first pole position of his Grand Prix career. The Dynavolt Intact GP team thanks him for the successful season and wishes Xavi Vierge all the best for the future!
 
The 2018 season is over, but already next week begins a new chapter for the Dynavolt Intact GP team. From Friday to Sunday (23 - 25.11.), The Moto2 squad from Memmingen will be testing the new Kalex motorcycles with Triumph engines and electronics from Magneti Marelli in Jerez de la Frontera. In addition to Marcel Schrötter, the new team member Tom Lüthi will complete the first laps of the 2019 season. And also Jesko Raffin will join the Intact GP family and participate in the first test of the new MotoE class.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Race
1. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM
2. Iker LECUONA / SPA / KTM
3. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX
7. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX
nc Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX
 
Moto2 World Championship
1. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 306
2. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 297
3. BINDER Brad / RSA / 201
4. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 173
5. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 162
6. MIR Joan / SPA / 155
7. MARINI Luca / ITA / 147
8. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 147
9. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 141
10. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 138
11. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 131
12. LECUONA Iker / SPA / 80
13. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 58
14. CORSI Simone / ITA / 53
15. LOCATELLI Andrea / ITA 52
 
Team Classification
1. RED BULL KTM AJO / 498
2. SKY RACING TEAM VR46 / 453
3. EG 0,0 MARC VDS / 328
4. DYNAVOLT INTACT GP / 278
5. PONS HP40 / 217
6. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM / 193
7. HDR HEIDRUN - SPEED UP / 147
8. SWISS INNOVATIVE INVESTO / 129
9. FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO / 58
10. TASCA RACING SCUDERIA M / 53
11. KIEFER RACING / 47
12. TECH 3 RACING / 42
13. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA / 28
14. SAG TEAM / 17
15. MARINELLI SNIPERS TEAM / 14
16. NTS RW RACING GP / 9
17. FORWARD RACING TEAM / 8
18. PETRONAS SPRINTA RACING / 1
 
Marcel Schrötter
Due to the incident with Bagnaia and Marini right at the beginning of the race, I went a bit wide and had the feeling that another rider was coming from behind. Then I turned around in the second corner and unfortunately opened the door again. A wet race is always extremely long and so much can happen. I didn't want it to be over right at the beginning. The first two or three laps didn't feel much faster and after the Moto3 race I wanted to take it easy because I knew my pace wasn't that bad. But it just took too long to get a feeling. I even changed the rear tyre on the grid, which was definitely a good decision. I used the tyre of this morning, which immediately gave me a better feeling in the warm-up lap. Unfortunately, I didn't have much confidence for the front and couldn't ride into the corners as I wanted. Without the crashes in front of me it wouldn't have been a great result, but I knew a lot would happen. I tried not to let myself get confused, even though as a racer you always want more. That's what I did and I was able to take over my rivals from time to time. We finished on such a difficult track in the rain in seventh place, which is not bad. Although after the good feeling from the warm-up this morning I expected more. The last ten laps went better and I was able to do decent lap times. But the last four laps I completely lost grip on the front and almost crashed several times. In corner three I was just able to catch it. From then on I only wanted to cross the finish line. We finished the season with a seventh place. Every race in which I crossed the finish line I was among the top 10. We have defectively enough potential to improve even further next year.
 
A big thank you to my team. Beside of one single time, we never had any problems from the technical side. The guys gave everything and did a great job, we had a great atmosphere in the team. Unfortunately, a mechanic is leaving us and he's moving up to MotoGP. Of course we are happy for him and maybe we can follow him soon. We are definitely a great squad and I am very proud of that.
 
Xavi Vierge
Overall, I am satisfied with the weekend. Yesterday we were very fast under dry and wet weather conditions. Of course I'm sad about how the Sunday ended. Already in the warm-up this morning I had no feeling for my tyres and had absolutely no grip. For the race I put on the used front tyre from yesterday. With the front I didn't have any problems anymore, but the rear got worse and worse. Finally I just tried to stay on the bike and finish the race as good as possible. Finally I crashed. Having to finish the race as a spectator is very devastating. Especially because the conditions in FP3 yesterday were very similar and I was really fast. But today I had big problems and it got worse from lap to lap. I can only apologise to my team. I really gave everything to reach our goal, but unfortunately I had to finish the race earlier than expected. I gave everything every race weekend and would like to thank the sponsors and my team for everything this season.
 
Jürgen Lingg
The conditions here were very difficult today and a wet race is always like a lottery. Marcel made it clever, although it took him a long time to find his rhythm. Overall it was a solid race. We didn't expect much more since he has been struggling all weekend in the rain. He just could not get the right feel for the bike. This is normal and can be much better next time. Rain races always have their own laws. He stuck to our strategy. We told him to find his rhythm and not get confused by others and he did that right. I am absolutely satisfied. Xavi was strong, even in the rainy sessions. It was to be expected that he would give everything in front of his home crowd and risk everything. Unfortunately, it didn't work out, but he still rode a strong race. I'm also not disappointed and see it rather positive. It was a very good season with a lot of first rows and some podium results. If we continue like this, we can take a step forward next season. I am satisfied with the year. We have a great team, the guys were all very ambitious and disciplined and did a great job. Next week the new season will begin already. We will ride the Triumph engines for the first time as well as the new electronics. It will be very exciting. The MotoE is coming too and we are looking forward to it. And we can't wait to welcome our new riders Tom Lüthi in Moto2 and Jesko Raffin in MotoE.
 
Source: www.intactgp.de
 
 
 
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