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Schrotter Speeds To 10th In The Czech Republic
Posted by: newsla on Aug 17, 2014 - 04:31 PM
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Schrotter Speeds To 10th In The Czech Republic


Marcel Schrotter produced another solid display today to finish in 10th position at the Automotodrom Brno as he concluded a positive weekend for the Tech3 Racing Team. Schrotter began his race from 8th on the grid, his best qualifying performance this year and as the Moto2 field completed their first lap, he crossed the line in his qualifying position, before slipping back two places in the lap after. By the 5th lap he was running in 10th with a formidable rhythm, setting his fastest lap time on the 11th as he plugged the gap to the two riders in front in order to reclaim his qualifying position. At the mid point of the race, Schrotter lunged up the inside of Mattia Pasini to pinch 9th place and immediately powered forwards running mid 2’03 times with his ambition firmly intact of continuing up the field at the 5403 metre Automotodrom Brno. With 7 laps remaining, Schrotter had closed in on Johan Zarco and remained in an exciting battle with him and Morbidelli until near the end of the race before finally crossing the line in 10th, adding another bravely challenged top ten finish to his 2014 campaign.

 

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On the other side of the Tech3 Racing Team garage, Ricky Cardus completed the bwin Grand Prix Ceske republiky in a hard fought 20th position. The Spanish rider began the 20 lap dash around the Brno circuit from 16th on the he grid and moved up one place by the first lap’s completion. Cardus started pushing his hardest to close the four riders in front involved in the frantic battle for 12th in the intensely competitive intermediate class. However, the Spaniard made a mistake and slipped back to 20st position by the 9th lap, despite his best efforts and concluded round 11 of the 2014 world championship in this position.

Marcel Schrotter - Race : 10th - Championship : 12 - Points : 44Schrotter - Brno - 2014

“I am definitely pleased to be back in the top ten again as this is where we should be and it’s a positive close to a good weekend. I really gave it my all during this race and I have to admit that I am a bit disappointed that I couldn’t stay with the leading pack. Unfortunately I lost too much time in the first four laps as I was battling with a few riders to climb up the standings when Corsi, who is especially hard to battle with, hit me quite hard on my right leg. However, as soon as I fought my way through the pack, I improved my rhythm thinking I could pass Zarco. I wanted to keep going but he came back after I overtook him, along with Morbidelli and unfortunately I wasn’t able to keep up with them at the end of the race. It’s a bit of a shame, but I’m still pleased with 10th as it strengthens our standings in the championship. There was a big step in the right direction especially in qualifying so I want to say thanks to the team and I am sure I can beat this result in the next few races."

Ricky Cardus – Race : 20th - Championship : 17th - Popints : 28 Cardus - Brno - 2014

"It goes without saying that I wished the race would have turned out differently to brighten up this tricky weekend for me, but unfortunately this has not been the case. I still can take some positives from today as I wasn’t too far back from the leader with the overall gap, especially considering that I have never really enjoyed riding at this circuit. Moreover, I had an issue with shifting up in the gearbox that's why I made a couple of mistakes as I was trying to compensate for this problem, but I still wasn’t able to make up the lost ground. I really wanted to finish the race without crashing so when I realised that I was too far behind to get some points, I didn't want to take any unnecessary risks. I can't do anything else now other than focusing on Silverstone which is the next race and I look forward to getting back in the points there.

Herve Poncharal - Team Manager

“Altogether it has been a strong weekend for the Tech3 Racing Moto2 Team here in Brno. Marcel performed well from the first free practice session and the fact that he qualified in 8th position was really encouraging for the whole team as we knew he had the pace to have a competitive race. After a solid start today, he unfortunately lost a few positions during the opening laps but he got his head down and for a long time in the race he continued with the speed we expected him to have which was the same as Luthi and Aegerter in 4th and 5th position. In the second part of the race he had a determined battle with Morbidelli and Zarco for 8th place and during the very last laps when he understood that he probably couldn’t pass them, he wisely decided to go for another top ten finish instead of ending the race in the gravel. So we are truly satisfied although not euphoric as we are still 15sec from the top, but I want to thank Marcel for his great performance and perseverance today. Meanwhile Ricky showed he had the pace today and rode some really good lap times but I think he made a few mistakes and in such a huge, fighting group such as the one he was in for almost the whole race, a few tenths here and there make the difference. Still Marcel is holding a strong 12th position in the Championship and we are just 5 points behind Caterham Suter in the constructor standings which is always something we look for, so I'm happy. Silverstone has always been a good track for our Mistral, therefore I am confident that both riders will have a strong performance there.”



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