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Cardus And Schrotter Storm To Points Scoring Finishes In Germany
Posted by: newsla on Jul 13, 2014 - 04:26 PM
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Cardus And Schrotter Storm To Points Scoring Finishes In Germany


Ricky Cardus today completed round 9 of the Moto2 world championship in 11th place after a resolute and untiring race around the 3671 metre Sachsenring circuit. After having qualified in 16th position aboard the Tech3 Racing Team’s self designed Mistral 610 yesterday the Spanish rider undertook a bright start to superbly overhaul three riders by the end of lap 1. As the race progressed Cardus set into a formidable rhythm, setting his fastest time of the day on 14th out of 29 laps. He remained with the five riders in front who he attempted to close down prior to getting locked in a fierce battle with Xavier Simeon before crossing the finish line in 11th position to collect another batch of well-deserved world championship points.

 

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His teammate, Marcel Schrotter crossed the line just behind Cardus in 12th place after having ridden a determined race in front of his ever-supportive home fans. The young German rider began the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland from 14th on the grid but unfortunately slipped back to 17th at the close of the opening lap in what was a typically frantic start for the ultra competitive intermediate class. Schrotter remained resolute and attempt to aggressively pick off the riders in front of him and after exchanging memorable passes with Julian Simon, Schrotter found himself in 15th position at the end of lap 9. He continued to close down the riders in front, setting his fastest time of the race on lap 17 prior to clinching 13th six laps later. The highly motivated 21 year old Bavarian did not give in, brilliantly catching and overtaking Louis Rossi in the last round before the summer break to seize 12th at his home Grand Prix.

Ricky Cardus – Race : 11th - Championship : 16 - Points 27Cardus - Sachsenring - 2014

“I am satisfied to once again take another points scoring finish with 11th place. I feel that this race was very important for me and it’s good to leave for the mid season break with some more championship points in my back pocket but of course I aimed for a top 10 finish. Nevertheless I'm pleased with my first half of the season and after one week of holidays I will be back to train hard for Indy which is a circuit I particularly like. Regarding today, the race itself has been a very challenging one but I put in everything that I had. The bike was good and I set the third fastest speed through the speed trap, plus I finished in front of my team mate which is always my first goal. I truly want to give a massive thanks to the Tech3 Racing Team for all of their hard work in giving me the best bike. Every practice we worked really hard together and improved. I think there are still a lot of positives to come during the second half of the year.”

Marcel Schrotter - Race : 12th - Championship : 12 - Points : 36

Schrotter - Sachsenring - 2014

“Although the result is not what I dreamed of at my home GP, I have to be satisfied after such a tough race here in Germany. Of course it would be nice to be closer to the front, but we know we have the potential to get there and will keep working for it. The weekend here was a really tricky one and we had some issues with the bike but the team and I worked hard to improve step by step and in the race itself I was determined to score points and set into a good pace to climb up the field, which I managed to achieve. I crashed last year so I didn’t want to take too many chances and risk losing everything, so 12th today is not such a bad result. I am now in 12th position in the championship which is an acceptable outcome at the midseason point, but it's nothing we could rest on as we clearly want to get into the top 10 before the end of the year. I want to say thank you to the team who have done a really great job this weekend to help me and I am sure we will be back strong in Indianapolis after a well deserved summer break.”

Herve PONCHARAL - Team Manager :

"I am reasonably happy with the last Moto2 race before the summer break, despite expecting a slightly stronger weekend from both riders. Marcel especially struggled during the whole weekend and qualifying has been really tough for him. However both riders managed to score a few championship points which is a pleasing result. Ricky had a satisfying race with a top ten finish just out of his reach after having had a close battle with Simeon where he must have learnt a lot. Marcel was unable to match Ricky’s pace, but did really well to pass Louis Rossi on the last lap. 11th and 12th today strengthens our position in the championship standings at the half way point of the season. Marcel is just out of the top ten which is a great improvement for the first half of the Moto2 season when compared to last year. I want to wish both Marcel and Ricky a well deserved and enjoyable holiday break and we hope to continue this rate of progression when we recommence at Indy for the second half of the season."

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