Schrötter rides to the Texas-pole & Lüthi secures 4th spot on the grid
On a crazy Saturday with capricious weather conditions in the morning and a stormy afternoon, Marcel Schrötter took a fantastic second pole position of the year and Tom Lüthi secured fourth place in the second row just behind him.
Saturday's qualifying session in Austin was indeed like a rodeo ride, with a very strong wind blowing over the Circuit of The Americas during the short 15-minute session of the day.
After the morning sessions of all classes were cancelled due to thunderstorms and rain showers, the Dynavolt Intact GP riders Marcel Schrötter and Tom Lüthi had to wait until 15:30 in the afternoon to finally be able to rider a few laps on the track. As the first and second of Friday's free practice sessions, both Intact GP Kalex riders were of course the main favourites for Q2 on Saturday.
The long waiting time, wind and poor grip conditions made it a difficult session, but first Tom Lüthi stormed on the provisional pole, then two minutes before the end team mate Marcel Schrötter took the lead. It almost seemed as if the pair could finish once more in first and second place, but then the gear jumped out of Tom Lüthi's bike in his fastest lap and he couldn't improve any more. While Marcel Schrötter defended his top position with a time of 2'10.875, Alex Marquez first took third place and then Sam Lowes pushed the Swiss rider out of the front row.
For Marcel Schrötter it was the second pole of his career, the second pole of the year and his third first row of the season. Start of the 18-lap race on Sunday is 12:20 local time, which means 19:20 CET. The starting positions for another exciting podium hunt of the two Dynavolt Intact GP riders couldn't be any better!
1. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 2'10.875
2. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX - 2'10.933 (+0.058)
3. Sam LOWES / GBR / KALEX - 2'11.123 (+0.248)
4. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX - 2'11.243 (+0.368)