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Schrotter Scores Points Again In Le Mans
Posted by: newsla on May 18, 2014 - 01:05 PM
Schrotter Scores Points Again In Le Mans

Marcel Schrotter produced a spirited ride to 11th in gloriously sunny conditions to succeed with his intention of scoring championship points, at the Le Mans circuit for the Tech3 Racing Team’s home race. The German rider began in 17th at the 4185-metre track and undertook a solid start before proceeding to ascend to 14th position by the end of the first lap. He then set into a consistent groove and chipped away at the riders in front in a determined manner and held 12th position on lap 16. His persistent efforts saw him run a series of very consistent lap times and finished in 11th as he collected important additional championship points for the Tech3 Racing Team.


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Ricky Cardus endured a disappointing end to a promising weekend, after falling in the early stages of the 26-lap sprint, having qualified excellently in 8th position. The Spanish rider bravely re-joined the race, but despite his best efforts to attempt to salvage a result at the team’s home grand prix, he was too far adrift from the pack, despite lapping the same times as the riders in the middle of the field. Cardus will aim to make amends at the next Grand Prix in Mugello.

Schrotter - Le Mans - 2014Marcel Schrotter : 11th - Championship : 15th - Points : 17

“I can be happy with the result today even though I was just outside of the top ten which is what I was aiming for. It has been a difficult weekend for me and during the practice sessions I was much lower in the standings than I wanted. So to recover and get 11th position in the race is very encouraging and to collect more points is very important. I am happy to go away with a decent result at the team’s home race as they worked really hard to help me prepare for race day and we finally made some good progress so overall I am pleased and confident for Mugello.”

Ricky Cardus : 26th - Championship : 16th - Points : 13

Cardus - Le Mans - 2014

“I am disappointed with today’s result after such a competitive qualifying. My start was ok, but then I was touched by another rider, ran wide and got shuffled back a few positions. I have to admit that I was a bit nervous at the beginning, as I wanted to pass the competitors and get myself in the best possible positions for a strong race. However, I went to make a move on Pasini, and unfortunately crashed. I am sorry to him and also to the Tech3 Racing Team because we were sure of a good result. Now I will take the positives from the weekend and see how I can improve furthermore in Mugello.”

Herve Poncharal - Team Manager :

“It was a strong weekend for the Tech3 Moto2 team until today. Ricky especially, gave us a lot of reasons to be hopeful and confident as he was really fast in qualifying and missed the front row by the smallest of margins. We were feeling good for the race but unfortunately he didn’t get a good start and wanted to do too much too early. It’s a big shame, but on the German side of the garage, Marcel managed to collect some valuable points at our home race. He had a reasonable start, got his head down and was really consistent which was great. Overall, we know that the potential of both riders as well as the Mistral is higher than our performance today showed so we will carry on working in Mugello in a couple of weeks.”

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