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Schrotter And Cardus Turn Around A Tricky Weekend In Indianapolis
Posted by: newsla on Aug 11, 2014 - 06:22 AM
Schrotter And Cardus Turn Around A Tricky Weekend In Indianapolis

Tech3 Racing Team rider Marcel Schrotter bounced back from a tough qualifying from 24th on the grid to climb up to 14th at the 4170 metre world famous Indianapolis circuit. The young German undertook a solid start and had recovered five places up to 19th by the time the red flag was issued after a crash from another rider caused the race to be briefly suspended with the laps cut back to 16 at the restart. When the race resumed, Schrotter kept 19th position and as time progressed he advanced place after place, locked in a battle with seven other Moto2 riders while exchanging some memorable moves aboard the Mistral 610 to expertly ascend up to 15th position on lap ten,then forcing his way through to 14th with three laps remaining. By this point he had made up ten positions from his starting grid point and concluded a tough round 10 gathering more valuable World Championship points.


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Meanwhile, Ricky Cardus completed round 10 of the Moto2 World Championship with a resolute ride to a hard fought finish in 15th. He began the Indianapolis GP from 26th on the grid and undertook a rocket start to seize 19th position by the beginning of the second lap. The Spaniard remarkably moved back into a points scoring position on the 3rd lap before the red flag came out. At the restart Cardus redid his initial work to clinch 15th again by the end of the first lap and continued to fight his way though the mid pack of the fiercely competitive intermediate class setting his fastest lap of the race on the 3rd. By the 7th lap, the Spaniard found himself in 11th staying with the group as he aimed to retain this position. As the end of the race loomed closer, Cardus emerged victorious in a tough duel in the final lap to clinch 15th having superbly risen eleven places from his qualifying position.

Marcel Schrotter - Race : 14th - Championship : 12th - Points : 38Schrotter-Indy-2014

“It has been a really difficult weekend here in Indianapolis so to fly back home with a few points in our luggage is truly rewarding. Of course starting from far backdidn’t make things easier especially during the opening laps. But I managed start well twice and tried to be as aggressive as possible. I struggled a bit more in the group after the second start because as soon as you are a bit off line, the grip changes a lot and you can easily loose a couple of positions. However, as soon as I had a clear track I could push harder and quite easily catch the guys in front of me. It's kind of a pity because at the end, the gap to the big group reaching 6th was just one second away so the lost time at the beginning is a real shame. The positive is that we know where our problems lie and that there is a lot of margin to improve but nevertheless we have been still able to score some important points.”

Ricky Cardus - Race : 15th - Championship : 16th - Points : 28Cardus-Indy-2014

“For sure this is not how I wanted to start after the summer break, where I worked hard, but unfortunately it has been a really tricky weekend and we struggled a lot during all the sessions and the more I struggled the more nervous I got. But that's no excuse as the team has worked hard to give me a better bike in each session and then finally during the race I was able to show a bit more of what we are able to do. I had a good start from the line and was battling inside the group for 6th but afterwards I made a few mistakes and risked crashing out a few times so I preferred to guarantee one point instead of finishing the weekend in the gravel. Now I'm looking forward to the next round in Brno where we will certainly be stronger.”

Herve Poncharal - team Manager

“After the summer break, where both Marcel and Ricky trained hard, we were hoping to come back a bit stronger for the first race of the second half of the season. However, for many different reasons the qualifying campaign has been a tricky one. Perhaps today luck was slightly on our side as there were a few riders who should have finished in front of our boys butthey made some mistakes, which in turn gave us a chance to be in the points, though this is racing and you need to see the finish flag. A positive aspect from this weekend was that we were only five seconds from 6th position which is not too far and certainly encouraging plus we were with the riders who eventually finished in 6th and 7th at the beginning of the race, but unfortunately we lacked two tenths per lap to stay with them. Overall, I am pleased that we managed to finish in the points and I really want to say thank you to both Marcel and Ricky for pushing as well as never giving up. I'm confident that we can do much better next week as our potential is higher.”

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