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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Mar 27 2017
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Difficult start of the season for the Dynavolt Intact GP-Team
The Grand Prix of Qatar turned out to be a bigger challenge for the Dynavolt Intact GP-Team than expected. After Marcel Schrötter finished the race in 16th and Sandro Cortese in 22nd position, the Moto2 crew has to write off the first race of the season without any championship points and at the same time needs to keep looking forward.
Once again the day was threatened to fall into water in Qatar. Teams, Promoter and Visitors looked up to the dark clouds with a disquieting feeling. In fact it only rained at the Losail International Circuit one hour before the Moto3 Warm-up. Luckily the 5,4 kilometers long track dried up quickly so that the races of the small categories could take place as planned.
After 11 days at the Arabic peninsula the Dynavolt Intact GP-Team leaves without a Happy End. Marcel Schrötter, who managed a 9th place on Thursday and Friday at the desert track also wanted a starting position within the first three rows had to accept a 14th starting place for the night race after the Qualifying on Saturday got cancelled. Not a second to breath in for the 24 year old after he tried hard to defend his position to Xavier Simeon and Jesko Raffin. Unfortunately he couldn't attack on the brakes as he wanted to and had to let them pass and surrender a 16th place.
After a solid 9th place in the Warm-Up session Sandro Cortese experienced a long and very difficult Qatar GP. Halfway through the 20-lap race distance he couldn't hold on to his pace and fell back to 22nd position. The missing training time from the winter due to his ankle joint operation was very noticeable during the race. Because of his heavy pain the 27-year-old had to compensate the most of the handling of his 140kg Suter with his upper body, which took him to his physical limits soon.
Now it is important to not give up and to learn from the previous tests, practice sessions and the first Grand Prix. 17 races will follow, 17 more chances to get closer to the front. The next race will take place in two weeks time (07.-09. April) at Termas de Rio Hondo / Argentinia where the Dynavolt Intact GP-Crew will attack all over again.
2. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX
22. Sandro CORTESE / GER / SUTER
World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 25
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 20
3. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 16
4. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 13
5. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 11
6. MARINI Luca / ITA / 10
7. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 9
8. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 8
9. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 7
10. PONS Axel / SPA / 6
11. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 5
12. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 4
13. KENT Danny / GBR / 3
14. RAFFIN Jesko / SWI / 2
15. SIMEON Xavier / BEL / 1
16. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 0
17. CORSI Simone / ITA / 0
18. HERNANDEZ Yonny / COL / 0
19. NAGASHIMA Tetsuta / JPN / 0
20. BINDER Brad / RSA / 0
21. VIÑALES Isaac / SPA / 0
22. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 0
Marcel Schrötter
I had a good start and was just behind Pasini when he got the wrong gear so I had to open the gas for a moment, which makes you loose valuable time while accelerating. That's why I couldn't really make a lot out of my good start. Still, I was keeping up well the first couple of corners. Not as good as I was hoping for but I realized pretty quickly that I couldn't attack on the brakes, as I wanted. I was kind of stuck in the first two, three laps. My race pace was disappointing after what we were able to show during the practice sessions. I don't know what happened, I am just disappointed because I expected to be faster over the distance. I gave it my best and fought hard every lap but I simply wasn't fast enough. We need to seriously look at what has happened and learn from it. It is of course tough to go home with zero points.
Sandro Cortese
I am really sorry for my team but the problem was me. What I had to understand today is that my foot isn't strong enough yet. I was in so much pain. In the battles, over the race distance when the tyres started to cease, I needed to work more with my foot. I tried to compensate it all with my upper body but I got slower each lap. After ten laps my energy was gone. This is not an excuse just the bitter truth and not what I imagined. I am now further back than I initially thought over the winter. I just really need to work hard on myself now. The team did a good job, nothing we need to change there.
Jürgen Lingg
We all didn't know what to expect with the new bike but I am honestly disappointed right now. Marcel fought hard throughout the race but he didn't get away and at the end he lost two positions in the battle. Sandro was unfortunately struggling a lot too. He only just realized that his injury from the winter is still not completely healed so he needs to put in some more. But we also need to work on the bike. You could see from the other Suter riders, especially Domi (Aegerter) that he was strong again towards the end but the gap is still too big so that's what we need to work on. We will have some hard work ahead of us. 

Source: www.intactgp.de