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Stunning Recovery Crowned By Personal Bests For Cardus And Schrotter
Posted by: newsla on Jun 15, 2014 - 02:45 PM
Stunning Recovery Crowned By Personal Bests For Cardus And Schrotter

Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team’s Ricky Cardus rode to a superbly executed 7th place finish in his home race at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. Having endured a difficult qualifying session where he started the 23-lap sprint in 20th position, Cardus undertook a phenomenal start to overtake ten riders in the first lap. He remained with the leading group before becoming embroiled in a battle for 9th with Alex De Angelis where they exchanged notable passes. Cheered on by his home crowd and family, Cardus took the plunge on lap 14 to overtake De Angelis and consistently held the chasing rider to successfully meet the chequered flag in 7th position, his best finish in his entire Moto2 career and a fantastic result for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team with their self designed and manufactured Mistral 610.


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Marcel Schrotter showed supreme resolution to clinch a very hard fought 9th place finish in Catalunya. The young German rider started the race from 17th on the grid having experienced a challenging qualifying session and completed the opening lap in 21st position. Nevertheless Schrotter quickly began ascending through the order, working his way up to 16th position on lap three. At the midpoint of the race he was involved with a fierce scrap with 6 riders for 11th which lasted until the chequered flag. The young German, whose perseverance was admirable, forcefully managed to overtake another two riders on the final lap to seize 9th and complete the Tech3 Racing Team’s most successful double finish this season, highlighting the ever growing potential of the Mistral 610.

Ricky Cardus : 7th - Championship : 16th - Points : 22Cardus - Catalunya - 2014

"The first thing I need to say is thanks to all the team, sponsors, Herve and the Tech3 staff. All weekend the team and I have worked very hard with various settings, trying to resolve a few issues we experienced and I have to say that we have done a great job. We improved the bike step by step and during the race I felt very comfortable with it. My start was brilliant and I managed to stay with the leading group for the first few laps before finally taking 7th at the chequered flag. I am truly happy about today’s result especially taking it here in front of my friends and family as well as considering how far back I started on the grid, it makes me feel even better. During the next week we will firstly test here and then later in Aragon and I am already looking forward to getting back on the bike and improve our confidence even more for the upcoming races. "

Marcel Schrotter : 9th - Championship : 14 - Points : 28Schrotter - Catalunya - 2014

"I can’t feel anything other that joy after clinching a top ten finish after qualifying in 17th. I had a great start but then ran a little wide so I dropped a lot of positions straight away. Luckily, I quickly found my rhythm although it took me a while to get to the group. I am particularly happy with my overtaking today as my personal target was trying to be more aggressive. Unfortunately I ran a bit wide during the last lap which allowed three riders to pass me. However I didn’t want to give up and with just two corners to go, I went for it and regained two places on the back straight that gives me a boost in confidence. Aside from everything being positive, I still have a slight bittersweet taste as if I had a better qualifying position I could have got into the top 6. That will be my aim for the next race, but still 9th is a great result for the team especially together with Ricky performing that well as well"

Hervé Poncharal - Team Manager :

"The Mistral moto2 bike just seems to click with the Catalunya circuit and I will never forget our first victory in Moto2 occurring here with Yuki Takahashi in 2010. Today Ricky and Marcel produced a very exciting show. Ricky had an incredible start and all through the race he pushed hard, made no mistakes and ended up taking a fantastic 7th place finish which is his best ever result in Moto2. We are happy to have him in our team after what happened during the preseason and with every race he is confirming the trust we placed in him. On the other hand Marcel had another really strong race too. Despite a tricky open to his race he got his head down and pushed hard to climb all the way up to 9th. To consider he started from 17th, this is a brilliant achievement. Our two bikes were once again in the top ten and it’s our best result of the season so far in Moto2. This is a great reward to not only the riders who did a super job but also the team who have been working very hard and deserve big congratulations. There are two test days coming up now, one here on Tuesday before the Tech3 Moto2 team is heading to Aragon for second test later this week. Hopefully we can continue to stride forward and get another positive result in Assen."

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