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Tech3s Schrotter And Cardus Ready For Season Opener In Qatar
Posted by: newsla on Mar 23, 2014 - 06:03 AM
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Tech3s Schrotter And Cardus Ready For Season Opener In Qatar


Tech3 Racing Team’s Marcel Schrotter and stand-in rider Ricky Cardus will begin the opening race in 13th and 18th position after today’s Moto2 qualifying impress at the flood lit Losail International circuit in Qatar.

 

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Both riders made their Tech3 Racing Team debuts on the exclusive French designed and built 600cc Moto2 motorcycle, and qualified within the top 20 with high hopes of challenging for championship points in tomorrow’s race.

Marcel Schrotter produced a solid and confident qualifying debut aboard the Mistral 610 in preparation for the 20 lap race around the 5.38 kilometre circuit tomorrow. Overnight rain and wind initially impacted upon the amount of traction levels, however grip improved as the track cleaned. Nevertheless, Schrotter worked relentlessly with the Tech3 Racing Team, and after undertaking changes to his set up, completed the qualifying session with a best time of 2:00.994, leaving him in 13th place. The young German’s time was less than a second behind the Moto2 lap record at Qatar in the fiercely fought intermediate class.

Ricky Cardus completed the qualifying session for the Commercial Bank of Qatar Grand Prix in 18th place, with the young Spanish rider standing in for Alex Mariñelarena who continues to recover from injury. Cardus who only had limited time during the preseason to familiarise himself with the Mistral 610 Moto2 bike, finished with a best personal lap time of 2:01.185 with this time was over a second quicker than his qualifying time from last year.

Marcel Schrotter - 13th -2:00.994:Marcel Schrotter - Loasil 2014

“Overall I am happy with how we finished today, although it has been a bit of a tricky week so far. We arrived here from the Jerez test with a really good base setup, but unfortunately, it didn’t work as well at this circuit. Today we changed the bikes settings before qualifying and these modifications helped me improve, although there was still a small issue with chatter. This meant I had to change some of the riding lines to solve the problem, but I managed to qualify as well as possible, which I am happy about. There is still some work to do, and I still need to choose the tyre we will use for the race during tomorrow’s warm up but I like this track, and of course, the aim is to finish in the top ten. I am excited for tomorrow’s race with the Mistral and am also really happy with the work the Tech3 Racing Team is doing.”

Ricky Cardus - 18th - 2:01.185:Ricky Cardus - Losail 2014

“I am happy with how everything went today, and the lap times up to 11th place were really close and I could have reached them. I know I can still improve quite a lot as I every additional minute on the bike helps me to understand it better, and it was unfortunate that I had a small crash at the end of the session which happened because I lost concentration for a second. However, I am determined to score points as a thank you to the team for the faith they have placed in me and the Mistral feels really good. The Tech3 Racing Team is working very well with me, so I am pleased, and I look forward the race tomorrow. I also want to say that I am very happy to hear that Alex is recovering well and is now back in Spain.”


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