Buriram challenges the Intact GP-Duo
With only a minimal gap to the lead, the extremely close Thailand-qualifying finished in tenth place, in fourth row for Marcel Schrötter, while Xavi Vierge struggled and ended up in 20th.
The Chang International Circuit is a hot place with asphalt temperatures over 50 degrees Celsius on the qualifying day for the Thailand Grand Prix. Again, the lap times in the Moto2 class were extremely close together on the 4.6-kilometer circuit.
After both, Marcel Schrötter and Xavi Vierge improved in the third free practice and ended the morning in twelfth and 14th place overall, another step forward was taken in qualifying later on, although it felt a lot more difficult for both Dynavolt Intact GP riders.
With his best time of the weekend, a 1'36.689, Marcel Schrötter was only three tenths behind pole setter, Lorenzo Baldassarri. Only one and a half tenths were missing to the second row. Nevertheless, in the end, Aragon's qualifying second 'only' became 10th on the grid. He will lead the fourth row in tomorrows Thailand Grand Prix, ahead of Joan Mir and Iker Lecuona.
On Saturday, Teammate Xavi Vierge also improved in Buriram compared to the previous day. But he was also a victim of the extremely close qualifying, finishing in 20th place, in 7th row, with his time of 1'37.069 and only less then seven tenths off the front. In addition, unlike Friday, after a few set-up changes, he no longer had the same good feeling on his Kalex. In the warm-up on Sunday morning, the 21-year-old and his crew have another chance to work in the right direction in order to be able to catch up in the 24-lap race.
1. Fabio QUARTARARO / FRA / SPEED UP - 1'36.670
2. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'36.740 (+0.070)
3. Mattia PASINI / ITA / KALEX - 1'36.783 (+0.113)
12. Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'37.061 (+0.391)
14. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX - 1'37.249 (+0.579)
1. Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / KALEX - 1'36.374
2. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'36.400 (+0.026)
3. Luca MARINI / ITA / KALEX - 1'36.408 (+0.034)
10. Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'36.689 (+0.315)
20. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX - 1'37.069 (+0.695)