20/03/2022

Jeremy Alcoba scores 2 world championship points again, Schrötter just misses out on points with P16

Marcel Schrötter and Jeremy Alcoba of the LIQUI MOLY Intact GP team finished an exciting but also very energy-sapping Indonesian Grand Prix in 16th and 14th positions after the race distance was shortened, meaning that the rookie was once again able to score valuable world championship points.

The extreme heat of Indonesia is not only takings its toll on the riders, but also on the Mandalika Street Circuit, which reached its limits with an asphalt temperature of almost 50°C. For this reason, a few minutes before the start of the race, the original race distance of 25 laps was shortened to 16. An official message from the race organizers stated: "We’ve decided to reduce the race distance to preserve the track conditions because of the asphalt".

Unimpressed by the spontaneous changes, 20-year-old Jeremy Alcoba made up ground directly after the start from P15, but numerous position battles cost the motivated rookie valuable time. Marcos Ramirez in particular repeatedly involved his compatriot in duels, so that Alcoba was unable to exploit his actual top 10 pace. The determination of the newcomer to the German racing team knows no bounds, because the Spaniard was not really satisfied even with the next two championship points in his pocket. Jeremy Alcoba wants more and can hardly wait to continue working in Argentina, especially on his qualifying performance, in order to be better positioned for the hard-fought races in the future.

The difficulties continued throughout the weekend for Marcel Schrötter as he struggled to get the right feel for his Kalex. The German started the race from 22nd on row eight and made up five positions immediately after the hectic start, but the group was closely contested. As soon as he manoeuvred forward, he had problems defending his hard-fought-for positions. In the end, the 29-year-old finished in an unrewarding 16th place, narrowly missing out on the points at the Indonesian Grand Prix.

Station three of the 2022 Moto2 World Championship season is in Argentina at the Autodromo Termas de Rio Hondo, where the LIQUI MOLY Intact GP boys will be fighting for revenge from April 1st - 3rd.

Warm-Up
1. Celestino VIETTI / ITA / KALEX - 1'36.013 
2. Sam LOWES /GBR / KALEX - 1'36.018 (+0.005)
3. Jake DIXON / GBR / KALEX - 1'36.157 (+0.144)
14. Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'36.760 (+0.747)
19. Jeremy ALCOBA / SPA / KALEX - 1'36.925 (+0.912)


Race:
1. Somkiat CHANTRA / THA / KALEX 
2. Celestino VIETTI / ITA / KALEX +3.230
3. Aron CANET / SPA / KALEX +4.366
14. Jeremy ALCOBA / SPA / KALEX +19.960
16. Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / KALEX +23.047


World Championship standings:
1.  VIETTI Celestino / ITA / 45
2.  CANET Aron / SPA / 36
3.  LOWES Sam / GBR / 29
4.  CHANTRA Somkiat / THA / 25
5.  FERNANDEZ Augusto / SPA / 24
6.  OGURA Ai / JPN / 20
7.  ARBOLINO Tony / ITA / 19
8.  ROBERTS Joe / USA / 13
9.  NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 12
10. ACOSTA Pedro / SPA / 11
11. BEAUBIER Cameron / USA / 11
12. ALDEGUER Fermín / SPA / 9
13. ARENAS Albert / SPA / 9
14. SCHRÖTTER Marcel / GER / 6
15. DIXON Jake / GBR / 5
16. ALCOBA Jeremy / SPA / 4


Team classification:
1. FLEXBOX HP40 / 48
2. ELF MARC VDS RACING TEAM / 48
3. MOONEY VR46 RACING TEAM / 45
4. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA / 45
5. RED BULL KTM AJO / 35
6. INDE GASGAS ASPAR TEAM / 14
7. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM / 13
8. AMERICAN RACING / 11
9. MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP / 10
10. LIQUI MOLY INTACT GP / 10
11. PERTAMINA MANDALIKA SAG TEAM / 1