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Bittersweet Result For Tech3 Under The Andalucian Sun
Posted by: newsla on May 04, 2014 - 03:57 PM
Bittersweet Result For Tech3 Under The Andalucian Sun

The Tech3 Racing Team experienced a day of mixed emotions in Jerez today as Ricky Cardus scored a hard fought ride to 13th in very hot conditions at the Circuito de Jerez today. German rider Marcel Schrotter unfortunately fell during lap 9 after both riders performed strongly in the free practice sessions and qualifying.


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For Ricky Cardus, who had to face the Spanish Grand Prix from the 14th position on the grid, things did not start according to plan when he was shuffled back to 20th place at the beginning of the race. However, he remained resolute and set into a competitive rhythm as he bravely picked his way through the field during the exceptional heat in Andalucia. He consistently recovered five places before becoming entangled in a thrilling battle with several riders in the latter half of the race, for 12th position. The Spanish rider’s impressive ascend up the field eventually finished in 13th, as he scored his third point scoring result for the Tech3 Racing Team in the fourth race of the season.

Marcel Schrotter unfortunately suffered an unlucky and premature end to what was a weekend full of promise, after crashing on lap 9. After having qualified in 9th yesterday in what was his best qualifying performance in the ultra-competitive Moto2 category since Misano last year, the courageous German was riding in 14th position and relentlessly plugging away to close the gap to the top ten competitors in front of him, before running off track and crashing out, unhurt. The Tech 3 Racing Team now heads to its home race in France for the all-important round at Le Mans, with both riders aiming to build on their impressive performances so far this season and seal another top ten result.

Ricky Cardus - Jerez 2014Ricky Cardus - Race : 13th - Championship : 15th - Points : 13

"It was a difficult race due to the conditions as it was very hot and tiring. At Jerez it is hard for us riders as it is a very fast paced track, and there are always a lot of groups close together. Today my objective for the race was to finish inside the top 15 and collect points, which I did, so I can be happy. Therefore I’m now full of confidence for Le Mans, as I like the track. Once again I don’t want to miss the opportunity to say thank you to the team and Herve, as all weekend they have pushed me and given me a really good explanation of the data for me to understand. This weekend I focused especially on qualifying day but after losing quite a few positions at the opening stages of the race, this work did not pay off. I intend to do the same in Le Mans, and the aim is to improve my final position after having a strong start."

Marcel Schrotter - Jerez 2014Marcel Schrotter - Race : DNF - Championship : 16th - Points : 12

“The race was definitely not what we expected. This morning I felt very happy with the bike as we tried a different setting which I felt very comfortable with. However, the conditions during the race were really hot and that made it a lot more difficult to ride. I couldn’t move the bike like I wanted to and struggled for grip. It has been a good weekend and that’s what makes me feel even more upset. It’s really a shame I didn’t get a good finish. We are competitive and showed this in practice, we just need a result in the race. Luckily Le Mans is one of my favourite tracks and I look forward to riding there and aim to bounce back and improve. Herve Poncharal: ”It was a bit of a disappointing end to the weekend for the Tech3 Racing Team. We had high hopes for Marcel after qualifying, and he was really competitive until the start of the race. He had a strong qualifying and a promising warm-up but unfortunately was a victim of the race, and crashed. A pity as there was a high possibility for him to claim a top ten finish. However, we are sure he can recover at the next race in Le Mans. As for Ricky, we told him to take it easy after Argentina, which is what he has done. He recovered a few positions, and ended up 13th after a tough last lap, but got more points. The whole weekend was a step in the right direction and shows that our riders are growing and getting stronger. We all now look forward to Le Mans with confidence and are sure we can do really well to put on a good show for our home crowd.”

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