07/11/2021

Schrötter secures top 10 result in the Algarve GP & tough race for Arbolino

LIQUI MOLY Intact GP rider Marcel Schrötter finished the penultimate race of the year in a solid tenth place. Tony Arbolino on the other hand, struggled in Portimao and finished 20th.

The gap to the top was just 13 seconds when Marcel Schrötter crossed the finish line in tenth place on Sunday at the Algarve International Circuit, coming from 15th on the grid. The 28-year-old thus continued a steady progress he showed over the weekend in Portimao and, after finishing within the fastest ten last time out in Styria, was finally able to have a sigh of relieve. Thanks to the focused work of his crew and the right tire choice, the current World Championship tenth placed rider was first able to finish fifth in the warm-up. Later on, in the 23-lap race, he matched the speed of the strong group he was in with Jorge Navarro, Augusto Fernandez, and Fabio Di Giannantonio, leaving the latter still behind him.

After Tony Arbolino had worked intensively with his team and achieved an improvement on Saturday, hopes naturally rose of being able to make a comeback in the Grande Premio do Algarve. But the race turned out to be tougher than expected for the 21-year-old. But despite finishing 20th, the Italian was able to maintain his 14th place in the World Championship before heading straight on to the final race.

As early as next weekend, the LIQUI MOLY Intact GP riders want to do everything they can to close the 2021 season with a good result at the grand finals at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit in Valencia from November 12th to 14th

Race:
1. Remy GARDNER / AUS / KALEX
2. Raul FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX
3. Sam LOWES / GBR / KALEX
10. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX
20. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / KALEX

WUP:
1. Remy GARDNER / AUS / KALEX - 1'42.958
2. Raul FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'43.112 (+0.154)
3. Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'43.279 (+0.321)
5. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'43.302 (+0.344)
19. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / KALEX - 1'44.185 (+1.227)

World Championship Standings:
1. GARDNER Remy / AUS / 305
2. FERNANDEZ Raul / SPA / 282
3. BEZZECCHI Marco / ITA / 214
4. LOWES Sam / GBR / 181
5. FERNANDEZ Augusto / SPA / 158
6. CANET Aron / SPA / 153
7. DI GIANNANTONIO Fabio / ITA / 141
8. OGURA Ai / JPN / 120
9. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 98
10. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 91
11. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 83
12. VIETTI Celestino / ITA / 76
13. ROBERTS Joe / USA / 59
14. ARBOLINO Tony / ITA / 51
15. BEAUBIER Cameron / USA / 50

Team Classification:
1. RED BULL KTM AJO / 587
2. ELF MARC VDS RACING TEAM / 339
3. SKY RACING TEAM VR46 / 290
4. QUIEROCORREDOR ASPAR TEAM / 181
5. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA / 157
6. FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO2 / 153
7. LIQUI MOLY INTACT GP / 142
8. PETRONAS SPRINTA RACING / 113
9. TERMOZETA SPEED UP / 111
10. AMERICAN RACING / 87
11. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM / 69
12. PERTAMINA MANDALIKA SAG TEAM / 69
13. FLEXBOX HP40 / 53
14. MV AGUSTA FORWARD RACING / 19
15. NTS RW RACING GP / 10