Positive Portimao test for Intact GP with premature end for Schrötter

After three positive test days, the Liqui Moly Intact GP team around newcomer Jeremy Alcoba and Marcel Schrötter leaves the Autódromo Internacional do Algarve with valuable knowledge, a lot of motivation and, sadly, a small hand fracture. 

The new season is approaching in leaps and bounds. In just two weeks, the 2022 World Championship will kick off, making the three official test days at Portimao's Portuguese circuit all the more crucial. 

For Jeremy Alcoba in particular, it was a matter of doing a lot of kilometers to get himself in the best possible shape for his new working machine. After initial difficulties and a small crash on the first day, the Moto2 rookie made successive progress and gained confidence in the Kalex of the German racing team with each session. Looking at the top speed values of day 2, the young Spaniard was within the front, which underpins his potential. In the end, despite another slip, the debutant lined up in 17th position with his personal best time of 1'43.256. 

Marcel Schrötter, on the other hand, recorded a subdued end to the three-day showdown after suffering a small fracture on his left hand in the first session of the final day. He immediately traveled to Barcelona for a more precise diagnosis and a possible operation. The mood of the German is nevertheless unclouded. Two valuable days of testing lie behind the veteran, who will contest his sixth season with the Liqui Moly Intact GP team in 2022 and his eleventh in Moto2. P6 and only 0.561s behind the top at the end of the second day are quite promising, especially as the cold and stormy conditions did not make it ideal. 

Schrötter is eager to be ready for action again for the season opener in Lusail from 04 - 06 March 2022 and hopes to continue the good work with his team, while teammate Alcoba can't wait to let his learning curve continue to climb in the new class.