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Schrotter Braves Injuries To Score Again
Posted by: newsla on Jun 01, 2014 - 03:32 PM
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Schrotter Braves Injuries To Score Again


Marcel Schrotter produced a fine display of perseverance to battle through his injuries to collect more valuable Moto2 World Championship points at the Gran Premio d'Italia TIM Moto2 event at Mugello. The young German rider began the 21 lap dash around the 5245 metre track from the front of the fourth row after he pulled off a heroic qualifying performance yesterday to seize 10th. After a typically hectic start in the intermediate class, Schrotter was squeezed down to 17th at the end of the first lap but soon set into a firm and consistent rhythm, ascending to 14th by lap seven and then continuing to plug away before clinching 12th position from Sandro Cortese. His impressive race pace saw him pull away from the following pack and close in on P11 although the contusion injuries he sustained in Friday's FP2 practice session limited him from clinching the position in the final laps. His 12th place marks a thoroughly inspiring weekend for the young German, whose resilient ride saw him collect another four world championship points which increased his tally to 21 and raised him to 14th in the standings.

 

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As for Ricky Cardus, his ambition was to get a good start and climb upwards from the 19th position on the grid where he qualified. By the end of the first lap Cardus was 20th and despite his relentless efforts to ascend up the field he was unable to climb any higher and finished the Grand Prix in 19th position. The result closes a challenging weekend for the Spanish rider who will aim to make amends during his home race at Catalunya next round.

Marcel Schrotter : 12th - Championship : 14th - Points : 21 :Schrotter - Mugello - 2014
"I am pleased with my result today as we collected some more important championship points but I was hoping that I could have done a little better by staying with the front riders for a bit longer. My rhythm in the race is good yet the opening lap is always tricky in this class and it was here that I gave myself a big disadvantage. In the first corner I was a bit too early on the brakes as well as too careful and so some riders went past. However I got stuck into my rhythm and managed to pass a lot of them back whilst also being able to produce lap times similar to the leading group which is very pleasing. For the next race we will aim to improve especially during the first laps."

Ricky Cardus : 19th - Championship : 18 - Points : 13 :Cardus - Mugello - 2014
"It was a difficult weekend for me as I don't particularly like Mugello as a circuit. It's disappointing to not collect any points as I worked really hard all weekend with my Tech3 Racing Team, but in such a competitive class you pay more for such small mistakes. Now I will move on and focus on the next race in Montmelo which is my home track. For sure this will give me extra motivation and I am convinced we'll perform well and be up higher in the timesheets to collect important points again for the Tech3 Racing Team."

Herve Poncharal - Team manager :
"I am happy with Marcel's performance as he managed to collect four points riding through his injury. He overtook some experienced riders and it must have been tough in the last part of the race due to his shoulder condition. It was a shame about the start as he got off the line well but was trapped on the inside during the first corner and got pushed back, finishing the first lap in 17th. This wasn't ideal for him but we know how Moto2 can be. However he got his head down and never gave up. For quite a few laps his times were similar to the riders competing for 5th so we can't be disappointed. We know the potential of Marcel and our Moto2 team so Barcelona will be another strong possibility to show what we can achieve. As for Ricky it was a challenging weekend. His race itself was ok but he was too far back to fight for points so unfortunately we have to say that this race was a learning experience. For sure the next round which is his home GP will see him back fighting in the top fifteen. "

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