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Cardus Fires Into The Top Ten In Qualifying At Assen
Posted by: newsla on Jun 27, 2014 - 05:24 PM
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Cardus Fires Into The Top Ten In Qualifying At Assen


Ricky Cardus undertook a promising qualifying session today to extend his competitive streak from Barcelona, by qualifying in 9th position and on the 3rd row for round 8 of the Moto2 World Championship despite tricky conditions at Assen. The Spanish rider’s relentless efforts yesterday saw him cruise to 9th place in the afternoon session as he sought to consistently remain in the top ten throughout the whole weekend. His final qualifying time was a 1.38,027 as the rain fell intermittently which was only slightly more than three tenths of a second from the front row as he continues to impress in the fiercely challenging Moto2 class aboard the Tech3 Racing Team’s exclusively made and designed Mistral 610. Tomorrow, Cardus will aim to add another strong result to his 2014 Moto2 campaign in the 24 lap dash around the legendary Assen circuit.

 

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On the opposite side of the garage, Marcel Schrotter finished the Moto2 qualifying session in 16th place having undertaken a large upheaval and change to the setup of his Mistral 610 after suffering grip issues in FP2 yesterday. The modifications improved the rear feeling for the German rider who battled onwards through the mixed and tricky weather conditions before clinching the position which will see him head the sixth row of the grid. His lap of 1.38,358 was only half a second behind the fifth placed bike in the ever competitive intermediate class and tomorrow Schrotter will seek to once again climb the field with his sights set on a top ten finish.

Ricky Cardus – 9th – 1.38,027Cardus - Assen -2014
"It is great to land 9th position in Assen as this is close to what I have been aiming for especially because there have still been a few minor problems with the front of the bike but regardless, both the position and lap times are pleasing so I am truly happy. Considering that I am normally struggling the most during qualifying, I am confidently looking forward to tomorrow as I am sure that we will improve the last small issues during warm up. I must say that I am really happy also for the Tech3 Racing Team as they are always working so hard and helping me with everything which is important for my confidence. Tomorrow I will aim to make a really strong start, keep calm and take the race step by step as it’s most important for me to score a good result."

Marcel Schrotter – 16th – 1.38,358Schrotter - Assen - 2014
"It was a strange day in terms of conditions for everyone today. We didn’t get the best of starts yesterday, so we decided to go for big change on the bike which isn’t usually our style. Unfortunately we weren’t able to see how effective the new set up was due to the weather this morning. I only had the qualifying session to find out if this version of the bike works better for me and could enable me to produce a faster times. It was very different and of course had some positive and negatives aspects. We solved the rear issues but lost some feeling in the front, which we then tried to fix during the session. During the final minutes I decided to remain out instead of coming back into the pits to change the tyre. All in all we improved from yesterday, but I feel there is still a lot of margin for progression and my aim for tomorrow remains a top ten result as always. I want to say thanks to the team for the great efforts as they really try to teach me a lot about setups as well as how to improve my riding style."

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