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Schrotter Aiming For Success In Argentina
Posted by: newsla on Apr 27, 2014 - 06:39 AM
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Schrotter Aiming For Success In Argentina


Marcel Schrotter produced a resolute ride to start tomorrow’s first ever Moto2 World Championship race at the Circuito Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina in 12th position.

 

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With only one second covering the top twenty riders in the super competitive Moto2 class, the young German rose to the challenge at the newly constructed and fast flowing 4806 metre Argentinian circuit. After having electrical issues with his Mistral 610 losing nearly half of the 45min lasting session, which luckily was briefly red flagged part way through, as the circuit needed to be cleaned after a crash, Schrotter remained determined and produced quick laps at the end of the qualifying to finish with a 1:44.648 and just over 0.6 of a second off the leading time. The young German who showed steady progress throughout the weekend is now confident to battle comfortably inside top 10 during tomorrow’s race lasting 23 laps.

Ricky Cardus who continues to temporarily replace the recovering Alex Mariñelerena, rode with ever increasing confidence aboard the Tech3 Racing Team’s exclusively designed and crafted Mistral 610. A top time of 1:44.838 qualified the Spanish rider in 18th on the grid for tomorrows Moto2 race, having finished impressively in the preceding practice sessions. Cardus’ time was under a second from the leading rider, and he remains optimistic of a points scoring finish race at the Circuito de Rio Hondo in Argentina.

Marcel Schrotter- 12th: -1.44.648

“Overall, I am pleased with the 12th position for tomorrow after todays qualifying session. We had some electrical issues with the speed limiter at the beginning of the session as I was unable to deactivate it and unfortunately it took quite a while to solve the problem. Therefore, the red flag half way through the session was fortunate for us as we gained valuable minutes, but of course I was not able to work through my practice schedule anymore. It was tough, as every rider was improving constantly and with such a tight classification, every single tenth is precious. At the end of the qualifying I went out with a new rear tyre determined to ride over all difficulties to get myself in a good position for tomorrow’s race and moved up to 12th. I still did make a small mistake in the last corner, so I could have possibly been in an even better position. There are some advances to be made in getting the bike up to speed in the first day of practice, but after everything today, I am happy to have qualified in 12th and look forward to the race tomorrow”.

Ricky Cardus- 18th -1.44.838

“I am quite happy with my result today even though I did expect a better position after the results of the three free practice sessions. I was lapping comfortably with the hard tyre, which I even did my fastest lap with and waited for the last ten minutes to put on a soft one. But due to the ever changing grip level and the traffic on track, I could not take full advantage of it and I was unable to improve my time anymore. However, I’m confident for tomorrow as the weekend has been really positive so far and with a good start I will easily be able to fight for another point scoring finish and leave the first Moto2 race in Argentina with some Championship points in my luggage.”

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