Schrötter fights for 12th place in Argentina & Alcoba narrowly misses out on points
The race weekend in Termas de Rio Hondo was special in many respects and by no means easy. For the LIQUI MOLY Intact GP team, too, the Argentina Grand Prix proved to be more difficult than expected. Therefore it was all the more pleasing that Marcel Schrötter was able to grab four important championship points with P12, while Jeremy Alcoba just about missed out on the points with P16.
For the first time since 2019, packed grandstands and bright sunshine greeted the Motorcycle World Championship for race day at Termas de Rio Hondo in Argentina.
In the morning warm-up, Marcel Schrötter finished tenth after tireless work by his crew the night before, raising hopes that the German would find his way into the points in the race after all. Said and done: after a good start, the 29-year-old Bavarian positioned himself in 17th place, from where he gradually worked his way forward. Due to failures, such as the crash of the dominator of the weekend, Fermin Aldeguer, Schrötter slipped up to position 13, which he was then able to improve with three remaining laps to P12. Four world championship points brought the necessary damage limitation after a difficult and work-intensive weekend and give confidence that further improvements are possible at the US Grand Prix in only a few days.
Even though Jeremy Alcoba leaves with empty pockets in terms of championship points for the first time in his Moto2 rookie season, the 20-year-old showed a strong recovery from 25th on the grid. In the scrum of the backfield, the Spaniard finally held his ground in sixteenth place, but it is a thankless place, being so close to the points. His plan now is to reset everything, to clear his head so that he can make a fresh start again in America.
However, both LIQUI MOLY Intact GP riders agree on one point: their respective data engineers were noticeably missing because, despite their best efforts to provide support from afar, some evaluations could have been carried out in greater detail on site.
However, there is not much time to take a deep breath, as the fourth round of the season is already underway in just one week's time in Austin, Texas.
1. Fermín ALDEGUER/ SPA/ BOSCOSCURO – 1'42.547
2. Celestino VIETTI/ ITA/ KALEX – 1'42.830 (+0.283)
3. Aron CANET/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'43.047 (+0.500)
10. Marcel SCHRÖTTER/ GER/ KALEX – 1'43.399 (+0.852)
29. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'44.760 (+2.213)
1. Celestino VIETTI/ ITA/ KALEX
2. Somkiat CHANTRA/ THA/ KALEX – (+1.538)
3. Ai OGURA/ JAP/ KALEX – (+5.703)
12. Marcel SCHRÖTTER/ GER/ KALEX – (+25.736)
16. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX – (+37.884)
World Championship standings
1. VIETTI Celestino / ITA / 70
2. CANET Aron / SPA / 49
3. CHANTRA Somkiat / THA / 45
4. OGURA Ai / JPN / 36
5. LOWES Sam / GBR / 35
6. ARBOLINO Tony / ITA / 29
7. FERNANDEZ Augusto / SPA / 24
8. ACOSTA Pedro / SPA / 20
9. ARENAS Albert / SPA / 17
10. DIXON Jake / GBR / 16
11. ROBERTS Joe / USA / 16
12. BEAUBIER Cameron / USA / 16
13. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 12
14. SCHRÖTTER Marcel / GER / 10
15. ALDEGUER Fermín / SPA / 9
17. ALCOBA Jeremy / SPA / 4
1. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA / 81
2. MOONEY VR46 RACING TEAM / 70
3. ELF MARC VDS RACING TEAM / 64
4. FLEXBOX HP40 / 61
5. RED BULL KTM AJO / 35
6. GASGAS ASPAR TEAM / 33
7. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM / 16
8. AMERICAN RACING / 16
9. LIQUI MOLY INTACT GP / 14
10. MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP / 10