04/11/2018

Schrötter & Vierge finish Malaysia weekend in ninth and eleventh place

In a relentless Malaysian Grand Prix the Dynavolt Intact GP riders Marcel Schrötter and Xavi Vierge fought to the limit and were able to secure solid results again at the end of the five-week overseas tour.

The race day at the Sepang International Circuit already started at 8:10 am with the warm-up. Heavy rain had raged overnight, so despite the sunshine, the asphalt was still wet during the morning session. When the 18th Moto2 race in 2018 started in front of more than 100,000 cheering Asian fans at 11:20 am, the conditions were extremely hot and dry, making the Malaysian Grand Prix a heat-battle, as expected.

Marcel Schrötter was physically and mentally well prepared, although his tenth grid place was not the best starting position for the 18-lap race. In addition, his drinking tube was blocked and he had to endure the nearly 40-minute fight without any liquid. In the first lap, he was initially pushed back to 16th position, but then the 25-year-old had a constantly strong rhythm again. His lap times were identical to those at the top, so he could have been one of the podium contenders again. Finally, he crossed the finish line as a solid ninth. In the World Championship, Marcel Schrötter slipped to eighth place, nine points behind today's race winner, Luca Marini.

Xavi Vierge was able to defend his position from third row in the first lap, but then had trouble finding the good feeling that he's had in qualifying. The 21-year-old could not push as he would have needed to continue to move forward or at least not drop back any further. Finally, he was able to finish in eleventh place. The Spaniard takes home a total of 35 points, including an Australian podium from the four overseas races. In the World Championship rankling he follows in ninth place, seven points behind his teammate.

For the Dynavolt Intact GP team, an intense time away from Europe comes to an end. With five top ten results and a trophy in the baggage, they continue towards the grand final, which takes place in two weeks from 16th to 18th November in Valencia, Spain.

Race:
1. Luca MARINI / ITA / KALEX
2. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM
3. Francesco BAGNAIA / ITA / KALEX
9. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX
11. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX

WUP:
1. Andrea LOCATELLI / ITA / KALEX - 2'23.985
2. Miguel OLIVEIRA / POR / KTM - 2'24.236 (+0.251)
3. Luca MARINI / ITA / KALEX - 2'24.286 (+0.301)
6. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 2'25.155 (+1.170)
26. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX - 2'26.637 (+2.652)

Moto2 World Championship:
1. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 304
2. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 272
3. BINDER Brad / RSA / 201
4. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 162
5. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 157
6. MIR Joan / SPA / 155
7. MARINI Luca / ITA / 147
8. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 138
9. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 131
10. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 128
11. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 128
12. LECUONA Iker / SPA / 60
13. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 58
14. LOWES Sam / GBR / 49
15. CORSI Simone / ITA / 47

Team Classification:
1. RED BULL KTM AJO / 473
2. SKY RACING TEAM VR46 / 451
3. EG 0,0 MARC VDS / 312
4. DYNAVOLT INTACT GP / 269
5. PONS HP40 / 209
6. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM / 173
7. MB CONVEYORS - SPEED UP / 137
8. SWISS INNOVATIVE INVESTO / 109
9. FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO / 58
10. TASCA RACING SCUDERIA M / 47
11. KIEFER RACING / 42
12. TECH 3 RACING / 31
13. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA / 24
14. SAG TEAM / 16
15. MARINELLI SNIPERS TEAM / 14
16. FORWARD RACING TEAM / 8
17. NTS RW RACING GP / 6
18. PETRONAS SPRINTA RACING / 1

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