30/04/2022

Am Sonntag in Jerez alles auf eine Karte setzen

What began with a promising FP3 at the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto ended less encouragingly for the LIQUI MOLY Intact GP squad led by Marcel Schrötter and Jeremy Alcoba with grid positions 18 and 23 for the sixth Moto2 round.

Things went pretty well for Marcel Schrötter on the cooler Saturday morning. After P4 and only 0.115s off the until-then dominant of the weekend, Jake Dixon, the signs with the direct Q2 entry were promising. But this time Schrötter's qualifying curse seemed to take control again. The 29-year-old can not explain why it came to this performance slump, as after the successful FP3 no significant changes were made to his Kalex. 18th on the grid and 1.529 behind polesetter Ai Ogura leaves the German frustrated, but he knows that making up ground in the races is his strength and that is what he will be banking on in the 23-lap race on Sunday lunchtime.

Team-mate and local hero Jeremy Alcoba finished just 0.523s behind the leading Briton in FP3 with his 1'42.079, but the 20-year-old also visibly struggled in Qualifying 1. But the youngster doesn't want to cause much discontent, because he proved just last week in Portugal that a lot is possible even from a 23rd starting position.

The LIQUI MOLY Intact GP team will be analyzing the data intensively, using all their knowledge and skills to prepare the two machines in the best possible way for the heated race day on the Andalusian track. The start of the Moto2 race is at 12:20 (CEST).

FP3:
1. Jake DIXON/ GBR/ KALEX – 1:41.556
2. Sam LOWES/ GBR/ KALEX – 1'41.568 (+ 0.012)
3. Barry Baltus/ BEL/ KALEX – 1'41.598 (+0.042)
4. Marcel SCHRÖTTER/ GER/ KALEX – 1'41.671 (+0.115)
5. Pedro ACOSTA/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'41.673 (+0.117)
6. Joe ROBERTS/ USA/ KALEX – 1'41.679 (+0.123)
7. Fermín ALDEGUER/ SPA/ BOSCOSCURO – 1'41.767 (+0.211)
8. Ai OGURA/ JAP/ KALEX – 1'41.769 (+0.213)
9. Gabriel Rodrgio/ ARG/ KALEx – 1'41.793 (+0.237)
10. Celestino VIETTI/ ITA/ KALEX – 1'41.828 (+0.272)
18. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'42.079 (+0.523)

Q1:
1. Somkiat CHANTRA/ THA/ KALEX – 1'41.397
2. Jorge NAVARRO/SPA/ KALEX – 1'41.715 (+0.318)
3. Albert ARENAS/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'41.809 (+0.412)
4 Bo BENDSNEYDER/ NED/ KALEx – 1'41.890 (+0.493)
9. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'42.090 (+0.693)

Q2:
1. Ai OGURA/ JAP/ KALEX – 1'41.289
2. Tony ARBOLINO/ ITA/ KALEX – 1'41.299 (+0.010)
3. Sam LOWES/ GBR/ KALEX – 1'41.321 (+0.032)
4. Aron CANET/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'41.369 (+0.080)
5. Fermín ALDEGUER/ SPA/ BOSCOSCURO – 1'41.620 (+0.331)
6. Celestino VIETTI/ ITA/ KALEX – 1'41.741 (+0.452)
7. Somkiat CHANTRA/ THA/ KALEX – 1'41.753 (+0.464)
8. Bo BENDSNEYDER/ NED/ KALEx – 1'41.815 (+0.526)
9. Augusto FERNANDEZ/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'41.901 (+0.612)
10. Pedro ACOSTA/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'41.914 (+0.625)
18. Marcel SCHRÖTTER/ GER/ KALEX – 1'42.818 (+1.529)