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Schrotter Braves Tricky Conditions To Score Points Again
Posted by: newsla on Jun 28, 2014 - 02:57 PM
Schrotter Braves Tricky Conditions To Score Points Again

Marcel Schrotter and Ricky Cardus had to face a chaotic intermediate class race in Assen, after torrential rainfall at the beginning of the 24 lap sprint caused the start to be delayed as the Moto2 world championship experienced its first wet race of the eight round of the 2014 season.


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Marcel Schrotter’s never say die attitude saw him ride to a hard fought points scoring finish in 12th position after a challenging race in unpredictable conditions. The young German rider began the Iveco Daily Dutch TT from 16th on the grid before becoming entangled in the typically frantic Moto2 start and slipping back to 19th at the end of the first lap. He remained resolute and set into a solid rhythm and undertook some ruthless overtakes to climb back up to 14th by lap 18, before overtaking Simone Corsi for 12th on lap 22. The German rider missed out on 11th place by the blink of an eye on the last lap, but collected a further batch of well deserved world championship points as he now looks towards his home Grand Prix next round at Sachsenring

On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Team garage, Ricky Cardus just missed out on the final points scoring position after remounting from a fall in the early stages of the race. The Spanish rider began round 8 of the Moto2 World Championship from 9th on the grid after a solid qualifying and held this position at the close of the first lap. Cardus later fell during lap four, however quickly rejoined the race to mount a formidable recovery charge. The Spanish rider closed a staggering gap of 41 seconds to finish 1.7 seconds behind 15th as well as posting the 4th fastest lap time of the race.

Marcel Schrotter - Race : 12th - Championship : 13 - Points : 32

Schrotter - Assen - 2014

"I think we did well today considering the conditions have not been easy at all. At the beginning of the day the weather was fine, but we knew it could change every moment therefore we made a plan of action just in case regarding strategy, tyre choices as well as set up aspects and it turned out to have been a good idea . However, I didn't feel too confident during the opening laps when it was wet so rode safely to avoid crashing. But when the track dried a little, the set up of the Mistral ended up being a good one as it wasn’t too soft. I saw that I was faster than the two riders in front of me and if I had one more lap I could have been into the top ten. This weekend was really tough, so to take some points is a good reward for our hard work. Now I look forward to my home race, next round where I will get back on track to finally score a really strong position in front of my home fans."

Ricky Cardus – Race : 16th - Championship : 17 - Points : 22

Cardus - Assen - 2014

"Today was not an easy day. I started the race quite well after we finally got going due to the delay with the rain, but in the opening stages the visibility inside my helmet was poor which made everything a little trickier. Then I unfortunately fell during braking on lap four but after getting back on the Mistral my lap times were strong, as well as my rhythm and I managed to overtake a lot of other riders. However, I am disappointed to finish just outside the points as I was so close and I want to say sorry to my team as I know that due to my crash we missed out on an excellent opportunity to score an important result as I lost more than 50 second in that lap. But I will have to move on from here, turn the page and head to Germany where I will aim for the top ten again."

Herve Poncharal - Team Manager :

"With a strong rainstorm coming down just before the start of the Moto2 race we all knew the Dutch TT would have been a chaotic appointment of the 2014 World Championship. However, after the promising performances of Ricky and Marcel during the weekend we were confident of a strong finish. There have been different tyre choices on the starting grid and I'm convinced we took the right decision to make both riders start on full rain tyres. Ricky had a good start and a strong pace straight from the beginning, but unfortunately he, like many other riders, made an avoidable mistake and crashed. He picked up the bike to show a strong climb up the field but by that time he was already way too far down to reach the leading positions. That's a real shame and a disappointment, as this year is a good opportunity for him to show his true potential and today in my opinion, he missed out on a podium chance. Marcel instead took it very consciously, maybe even a bit too much, and it took him some time before he found a confident rhythm. Half way through the race his pace was very strong and he managed to climb up the field entering the top 15. But once again the question is why we are just able to ride fast towards the end of the race and it clearly has been a missed opportunity for him as well. Therefore we have still a lot of work to do before going to Germany in two weeks."

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