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5th And 6th Row In Qualifying For Schrotter And Cardus
Posted by: newsla on Jul 12, 2014 - 05:57 PM
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5th And 6th Row In Qualifying For Schrotter And Cardus


Marcel Schrotter undertook a determined qualifying performance to clinch 14th on the grid from tomorrow’s 29 lap Moto2 race. The German rider began today’s action at the Sachsenring by finishing in 19th position in FP3 as he continued to make key adjustments to the setup of his Mistral 610. Improvements were clearly achieved as Schrotter began the qualifying session strongly and posted a best lap time of 1’25,545 around the tight and twisting 3671 metre circuit in Germany on only his fourth lap in the session. After tirelessly attempting to lower his lap time further, luck turned against him and he had an unfortunate fall during the final minutes of the session. Despite this, his time was competitive enough to seize 14th position and was only half a second behind third place. He will contest his home GP from the fifth row, where he intends to collect more championship points in the fiercely competitive intermediate class.

 

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On the other side of the garage, Ricky Cardus produced another positive qualifying display to snatch 16th on the grid at the eni Mottorad Grand Prix Deutschland. The Spanish rider finished the qualifying session with a best time of 1’25.620 and just half a second from 5th place with the top 24 Moto2 riders being covered by a mere second. Cardus also produced the quickest speed of 249.4 km/h in the session aboard the Mistral 610 which is exclusively built and designed by the Tech3 Racing Team. The Catalan rider remains convinced of being able to undertake another points scoring result for the French team in tomorrow’s race.

Marcel Shrotter - 14th - 1'25.545 - 15 laps : Schrotter - Sachsenring - 2014

“I had a really good start in qualifying as I was able to produce a strong lap time on old tyres, so this was a big step in performance from the morning session. We remained inside the top ten for a long time and I thought I could chop another 2/3 tenths from my time on the new tyres. Yet, as soon as they were fitted I didn’t feel as comfortable on the bike as I hoped I would and the bike was really unstable in the middle of the corner. Therefore I didn’t want to risk crashing, so I pitted to see if we could find a solution. I went back out but unfortunately crashed close to the end which meant I wasn’t able to improve the time set before. Luckily, the result is not too far from where we want or need to be and with a good start tomorrow I am sure we can show a strong performance. The whole weekend we were progressing step by step and I’m convinced that a few small changes in the warm up, will erase some minor issues that I am still struggling with. However, I’m highly motivated and ready to try give it my all in front of my home crowd.”

Ricky Cardus – 16th – 1’25.620 – 22 laps : Cardus - Sachsenring - 2014

“This qualifying leaves a bittersweet taste in my mouth as 16th position was obviously not what I was aiming for especially after the strong performance in Assen. But even if the position is far from ideal, the gap to the fastest rider is only 0.8 and this is promising for the race tomorrow. The setup we were running was amazing for the first sector where I managed to set this fifth quickest split time during qualifying, but we still need to adjust a few settings to improve my feeling in other parts of the circuit as I am still struggling with some rear grip issues at the moment. Nevertheless, I am really confident for tomorrow as our race pace is better than what our qualifying position shows. For sure the race will be a very demanding one due to the twisty nature of the circuit, but I will give my absolute best to bring home another strong points scoring finish for my French Tech3 team.”


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