09/03/2019

First pole position for Schrötter after amazing qualifying session for Qatar GP

Marcel Schrötter got the first pole position of his Grand Prix career after a 15-minutes-thriller of the Qatar-qualifying. Tom Lüthi will attack in his first ever race for the Dynavolt Intact GP team from third row.

After Marcel Schrötter had hit the first row seven times last year, he finally got the front spot at the qualifying session for the Qatar Grand Prix today. The 26-years-old has been impressively and constantly fast in the 15 minutes of the QP2, for which he had qualified himself with a overall second place in the combined standings of the free practice sessions, and achieved his first ever pole position since he has started his GP racing career.

When his former teammate Xavi Vierge came dangerously near him, the Intact GP rider could push his lap time to 1:58.585 and secured himself the first place with 0,146 seconds advantage.

After his crash of yesterday, Tom Lüthi did not find his rhythm that easily during the last free practice this afternoon as due to the wind and cold temperatures the conditions had changed completely compared to the day before. The Swiss was able to better his pace during qualifying and rode his Kalex to the limit. Two tenths of a second behind the Top three he achieved with his best lap time of 1:59.004 the seventh position on the starting grid and will start Sunday's race from the front of the third row just ahead of Brad Binder and Alex Marquez.

FP°3:
1. Jorge MARTIN / SPA / KTM - 1'59.596
2. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'59.639 (+0.043)
3. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'59.695 (+0.099)
7. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'59.879 (+0.283)

QP:
1. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'58.585
2. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX - 1'58.731 (+0.146)
3. Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / KALEX - 1'58.784 (+0.199)
7. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 1'59.004 (+0.419)

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