Schrötter & Alcoba show nerves of steel with P4 and P6 in Moto2 intermezzo at Portimao
The chaotic Moto2 Grand Prix of Portugal turned out to be a lucky pointing ground for the LIQUI MOLY Intact GP team around Marcel Schrötter and Jeremy Alcoba after a race cancellation and restart brought important points in fourth and sixth place.
Once again changeable conditions affected the Moto2 class in the 23-lap race, which was initially started as a dry race. But after only nine laps, the onset of rain caused a mass crash in turn 2, in which nine riders, including almost the entire leading group, crashed. It was only by good fortune that the two LIQUI MOLY Intact GP riders escaped the fate of many of their fellow competitors. The race was then restarted as a 7-lap sprint race.
After being in 17th position before the race was red-flagged, Marcel Schrötter made a rocket start from P8 on the restart and fought his way aggressively but deliberately past Jorge Navarro and Celestino Vietti into third place after just a few corners. The 29-year-old's experience won him the duel with Aldeguer, but the Spaniard Navarro was putting on the pressure from behind, while American Joe Roberts' lead at the front had already grown to over three seconds. Schrötter was strong on the brakes, but could not withstand the final attacks and just missed the podium in fourthposition. Still, 14 points and world championship rank 8 form a strong start to the European leg of the season.
Jeremy Alcoba, for his part, had a phenomenal first start, as the young Spaniard, coming from P26, was already in 18th position after just a few corners, which he even improved to 14th by the time the race was stopped. The restart from P6, however, was not quite to the taste of the ambitious 20-year-old. Two small mistakes interrupted his incredibly strong pace, but in fighting spirit, the Moto2 rookie regained seventh place after initially dropping back to P11. Particularly impressive: At the end of the race Alcoba rode the fastest race laps. Due to the one-position-penalty of Fermin Aldeguer for exceeding the track limits, Jeremy Alcoba finally inherited position six and thus again collects ten valuable world championship points. The youngster now sits in P13 in the world standings after just five races.
The duo from the German racing team will not have much time to catch their breath, as the race continues in just one week at the Circuit de Jerez - Angel Nieto, where the sixth race of the 2022 season will be contested.
1. Aron CANET/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'43.353
2. Tony ARBOLINO/ ITA/ KALEX – 1'43.817 (+0.464)
3. Cameron BEAUBIER/ USA/ KALEX – 1'43.918 (+0.565)
20. Marcel SCHRÖTTER/ GER/ KALEX – 1'45.566 (+2.213)
22. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'45.731 (+2.378)
1. Joe ROBERTS/ USA/ KALEX
2. Celestino VIETTI/ ITA/ KALEX – (+2.818)
3. Jorge NAVARRO/ SPA/ KALEX – (+2.991)
4. Marcel SCHRÖTTER/ GER/ KALEX – (+3.104)
6. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX – (+3.821)
1. VIETTI Celestino / ITA / 90
2. OGURA Ai / JPN / 56
3. ARBOLINO Tony / ITA / 54
4. ROBERTS Joe / USA / 49
5. CANET Aron / SPA / 49
6. CHANTRA Somkiat / THA / 45
7. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 39
8. SCHRÖTTER Marcel / GER / 36
9. LOWES Sam / GBR / 35
10. DIXON Jake / GBR / 32
11. FERNANDEZ Augusto / SPA / 31
12. BENDSNYDER Bo/ NED/ 25
13. ALCOBA Jeremy / SPA / 24
14. ARENAS Albert / SPA / 22
15. ACOSTA Pedro / SPA / 20
1. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA / 101
2. MOONEY VR46 RACING TEAM / 90
3. ELF MARC VDS RACING TEAM / 89
4. FLEXBOX HP40 / 88
5. LIQUI MOLY INTACT GP / 60
6. AUTOSOLAR GASGAS ASPAR TEAM / 54
7. RED BULL KTM AJO / 51
8. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM / 49
9. PERTAMINA MANDALIKA SAG TEAM/ 31
10. LIGHTTECH SPEED UP/