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Best Ever Qualifying For Cardus In Lemans
Posted by: newsla on May 17, 2014 - 02:39 PM
Best Ever Qualifying For Cardus In Lemans

Young Spanish rider Ricky Cardus, produced an excellent performance today in Le Mans to claim his best ever qualifying position in Moto2 and will begin the fifth round from 8th on the grid.


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With sunny weather shining down on the 4185 metre French circuit causing track temperatures to creep up to 45°, Cardus proceeded to comfortably fight for the positions at the top of the time sheets for the duration of the qualifying session, before setting a final lap time of 1.37,929, which was faster than the Moto2 pole time from last year by over half a second. The Spanish rider, who is currently replacing the injured Alex Mariñelarena, has performed notably aboard the Tech3 Racing Team’s self designed and built Mistral 610 this season and was a mere three tenths of a second behind the leading bike. Cardus optimistically looks towards tomorrow’s 26-lap sprint, where he hopes to charge to a top ten result at the team’s home track.

Marcel Schrotter rode to a determined and gritted 17th position for tomorrow’s race, having battled fiercely to improve his lap times in the ultra competitive intermediate class. After experiencing a challenging FP3 session, Schrotter along with his Tech3 Racing Team worked relentlessly in order to improve the young German’s feeling with the Mistral 610, which permitted him to lower his time by over one second and climb the order to 17th position with a final result of 1.38,449. His time was four tenths of a second from 10th place on the grid and Schrotter remains fully confident of challenging for a top ten result in front of the team’s home crowd.

Ricky Cardus – 8th – 1.37,929:Cardus - Le Mans - 2014

I am very pleased with my qualifying performance today, as it was the best result of my career. The bike felt better and improved with every session. A big positive of the Mistral is that it feels very comfortable over many laps and I was able to produce some consistently quick times, which gives me great confidence for my race pace tomorrow. My final qualifying time was only 3 tenths of a second from first place which is a big boost for my morale, but of course the most important day is Sunday. The opening laps will be vital to get a competitive result for the team and I think from third row I will have a promising position. I also want to say thank you to the team and the sponsors, because they support me in the best possible way to allow me to perform well on track.”

Marcel Schrotter – 17th – 1.38,449:Schrotter - Le Mans - 2014

Although 17th position is not where I want to be, I cannot be too disappointed with this result as the distance to the point scoring places is minimal. The times were as close as usual and some of the big names were quite down the order, however this is not an excuse, my goal is still to score a top ten result tomorrow. But at the same time it is important to remember not to forget taking home valuable points for the championship standings at the end of the year. The team tried really hard to help me ride better on this track, so I want to thank them. I aim to undertake a good start and will then try to build on my position tomorrow in the race. Hopefully we can finish the weekend on a high”

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