31/03/2019

Fifth place for Schrötter after podium-fight & unlucky crash for Lüthi

Marcel Schrötter is leaving Termas de Rio Hondo with a laughing and a crying eye in third championship position, after he missed out on the podium today. Tom Lüthi crashed out of the Grand Prix of Argentina after five laps.

Termas de Rio Hondo was another strong weekend for the Dynavolt Intact GP-Team. During the Warm-up, Marcel Schrötter and Tom Lüthi once again proved their promising pace with first and second position. But the excellent work of the Moto2 squad did not pay off after the 23 laps long battle.

Marcel Schrötter fought from second starting position for another podium place throughout the whole race. He even was leading the field for a few laps and was part of the leading group together with Remy Gardner and Lorenzo Baldassarri. After a mistake by Gardner, Lorenzo Baldassarri took advantage and took over the lead. Meanwhile Marcel occupied the second position, but he had to be aware of his followers who came closer with each lap. At the end it was Brad Binder who put the 26-years-old into trouble. Three laps to go they touched during the duel, Marcel had to go wide, had to settle with sixth position and had to burry his hopes for another Top-3-result.

UPDATE: After the race, Brad Binder has been demoted a place due to irresponsible riding. Therefore Marcel Schrötter climbed up one position to fifth.

A contact with Brad Binder also was vital for the crash of Tom Lüthi. Because of difficulties with stopping his Kalex he slightly hit the Southafrican from behind inside a corner while being in eighth position and crashed.

It was an ungrateful end to the weekend for the Swiss, after he was fastest on Friday and had clinched a position in the second row on the grid in qualifying. But the 32-years-old, who is now in fifth championship position and the whole Intact GP-team is already looking towards America with confidence.

It wasn’t the hoped podium position, but nevertheless 11 points in the championship that Marcel Schrötter is taking from Argentina. In third championship-position he is traveling to the next race, that will take place in two weeks, from 12th to 14th of April in Austin/Texas.


Race:
1. Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / KALEX
2. Remy GARDNER / AUS / KALEX
3. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX
5. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX
nc Tom LUTHI / SWI / KALEX

WUP:
1. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'42.693
2. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'43.014 (+0.321)
3. Sam LOWES / GBR / KALEX - 1'43.077 (+0.384)

World Championship Standings:
1 BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA 50
2 GARDNER Remy AUS 33
3 SCHROTTER Marcel GER 27
4 MARQUEZ Alex SPA 25
5 LUTHI Thomas SWI 20
6 MARINI Luca ITA 17
7 BINDER Brad RSA 14
8 BASTIANINI Enea ITA 14
9 LECUONA Iker SPA 13
10 FERNANDEZ Augusto SPA 11
11 LOWES Sam GBR 10
12 NAVARRO Jorge SPA 8
13 LOCATELLI Andrea ITA 8
14 VIERGE Xavi SPA 6
15 CHANTRA Somkiat THA 6

Team Classification:
1 FLEXBOX HP 40 61
2 DYNAVOLT INTACT GP 47
3 ONEXOX TKKR SAG TEAM 37
4 EG 0,0 MARC VDS 31
5 ITALTRANS RACING TEAM 22
6 SKY RACING TEAM VR46 17
7 RED BULL KTM AJO 15
8 AMERICAN RACING KTM 13
9 BETA TOOLS SPEED UP 13
10 FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO 10
11 IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA 6
12 NTS RW RACING GP 5
13 PETRONAS SPRINTA RACING 3

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