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Determined Schrotter Clinches Points At Silverstone
Posted by: newsla on Aug 31, 2014 - 02:37 PM
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Determined Schrotter Clinches Points At Silverstone


Marcel Schrotter rode a daring race to claim a hard fought point scoring finish at round 12, having expertly overtaken 8 riders from 22nd on the grid to complete the race in 14th place. After having experienced a tricky qualifying campaign, the German rider launched into full speed as soon as the lights went out and found himself in 17th by the close of opening lap, having brilliantly overhauled 5 rivals. During the next lap, Schrotter progressed up a further place as he neared the final point scoring position. Following this he battled for the whole race with a pack of nearly ten riders who were all competing for 13th position in the highly competitive intermediate class. With four laps remaining, the German rider had clinched 15th after undertaking some resolute overtaking manoeuvres. As the penultimate lap began, he set his fastest time of the race before moving up a further place and then sailing across the line in 14th position, completing a toughly fought race as well as sealing a positive close to the Hertz British Grand Prix.

 

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On the other side of the garage, Ricky Cardus fought back from 20th position on the grid to finish in 17th having undertaken a gruelling and fiercely challenged race at Silverstone. The Spanish rider undertook a solid start and held his grid position place as the first lap was completed. From here he stuck into a solid race rhythm, progressively overtaking every lap and beating five riders to find himself in 14th on the 11th lap. After exchanging some daring moves, Cardus was shuffled back to 17th following a collision with another rider but remained determined and moved up to 16th on the 15th lap where he eventually finished the 18 lap Moto2 race at Silverstone.

Marcel Schrotter - Race : 14th - Championship : 12 - Points : 46Schrotter - Silverstone - 2014

“I can’t be too disappointed to finish 14th after having started the race from row 8, but of course it’s far from my expectations, especially after having set the 5th fastest time on the Saturday morning. My initial start was strong as I managed to overtake 5 riders during the opening lap which gave me a boost of confidence, and I’m sure I could have finished higher up the time sheets, but I started to focus too much on the other riders. I was riding too defensively and without keeping my own rhythm, just adapting to who I had in front of me and these are mistakes which I have to work on during the next races to get back into the top ten. The fact that I set my fastest lap close to the end illustrates that the Mistral worked well and my physical condition is strong, so I just need to work on my race strategies. Fortunately there is not long to wait until I can return to the track and show what I can do in Misano in ten days.“

Ricky Cardus - Race : 17th - Championship : 21 - Points : 28Cardus - Silverstone - 2014

“Today was a hard and intense challenge for me as there was not a moment to take a breath during the entire 18 laps. It was tricky to climb up the standings and to make things worse I got touched twice by Louis Rossi plus, I was definitely lucky to stay on during one of these moments of contact. In fact, he broke the exhaust of my bike a bit and then Cortese went into the gravel which disrupted my flow as I was clipped. Of course I can’t be satisfied with this position but what annoys me the most is finishing just outside of the points which is where I need to be every race. I am sorry to the team who made a great effort over the whole weekend and I never gave up fighting, but sometimes these things happen in Moto2. Now I look on towards Misano where I believe we can achieve a really strong result.”

Herve Poncharal - Team Manager :

“It has been a difficult weekend for us. FP3 was really strong with Marcel being fifth and we were really confident and hopeful that a strong qualifying was possible. Unfortunately for reasons that we still do not understand, things didn't go according to plan and the qualifying was a bit of a disaster for our guys, which didn't make things easier for today as they had to face the race from the middle of the starting grid. However, both had a strong start off the line and kept fighting for the whole 18 laps, undertaking some interesting lap times, especially during the second half of the race which would have seem them around 10th position. Yet, unluckily in this sport you can't catch up the time that you lose at the beginning, unless you are Marc Marquez. To be honest I think we are quite lucky to get two points with Marcel and it's a pity that Ricky just missed the top 15 by finishing in 16th position. Nevertheless we are still 12th in the Championship, which is positive but our performances need to be more consistent and we have one week now to work in this direction before the action gets back on track at Misano on September 12th.”

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