(Motorinformed.com) – Intact driver Marcel Schrötter (Kalex) finished the Moto2 opening race in Qatar in eighth place. Almost eleven seconds were missing from the finish on winner Sam Lowes (Kalex). A fall in the warm-up on Sunday afternoon scratched the self-confidence of the only German regular rider in the motorcycle world championship.
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Marcel Schrötter struggled with the conditions
“Fortunately, nothing worse happened with this fall in the afternoon. Still, it is never helpful if you fall so close to the race,” commented Schrötter. “But we ticked it off as quickly as possible and thanks to our good pace we went into the race with confidence.”
“The conditions were again very different from the previous evenings. It was significantly cooler. The wind was also stronger. That is why everything felt a little different. That was particularly noticeable in the first few laps,” reports the German.
The speed of the race gives courage for the coming races
“Even though I didn’t feel 100 percent comfortable, I still tried to get everything out of the way and overtake people. However, I made two or three minor mistakes, which is why it was a tough fight against the guys at the beginning,” admits Schrötter. “So the initial phase did not go optimally, the first laps could have been better.”
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Marcel Schrötter collected important points for the Zoom championship
“So I honestly have to admit that not much more would have been possible today. Except, as mentioned, if the first three laps had been significantly better. But it is very positive that our pace is very competitive. That means we can do better from third and fourth place, “says Schrötter with conviction.
Praise for the work of the Intact crew
“All in all, it was a decent start to the championship,” said the Intactt driver. “We worked really well all weekend. But I would like to thank the entire team for their excellent job after the crash at the end of the warm-up. After the repair, my bike worked perfectly again. That can’t be taken for granted if it was from you Rollover comes back. “
“So a big thank you to everyone. I gave my maximum in the race from the first to the last lap. We now have a few days to analyze everything. Over the course of the weekend we collected a few ideas that we might like be able to adapt and incorporate it for next weekend in order to take the next step, “says the Kalex pilot.
Team mate Tony Arbolino finished his first Moto2 race in the thankless 16th position and narrowly failed because of the points.