Schrötter & Alcoba with ambitious goals for the qualifying Saturday

LIQUI MOLY Intact GP riders Marcel Schrötter and rookie colleague Jeremy Alcoba open the Texas weekend at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin with positions 14 and 22.

Despite partially resurfaced sections, the conditions on the 5.5km COTA were challenging, especially for the soft tyres, from which both Schrötter and youngster Alcoba hoped for significant improvements. 

Marcel Schrötter was still not confident enough on his Kalex to take an increased risk and push to the full. Especially the chattering on the soft tyres challenged the 29-year-old at the beginning of FP2 to a point, where he could only just prevent a high-sider. Even if it was just about enough for 14th place in the combined standings, the Moto2 rider is optimistic that significant improvements should be possible on qualifying Saturday, especially since he was always within the top 5 of the top speed rankings in both sessions.

Jeremy Alcoba's US start was similar to that in Argentina a week ago. With P15 in FP1, the hoped-for step already seemed to be made, but in the second free practice of the day, problems again spread, for which the Spaniard has no solution yet. His 22nd place at the end of Friday does not live up to his high expectations of himself. Therefore, the 20-year-old will eagerly work together with his fully reunited crew on the evaluation of the data - always in the hope of achieving his ambitious goals.  

The Saturday will also start early for the Moto2 category as the intermediate class will open the qualifying Saturday in Texas with their FP3 at 16:00 (CEST).

1.   Augusto FERNANDEZ/ SPA/ KALEX – 2'10.489
2.   Cameron BEAUBIER/ USA/ KALEX – 2'10.525 (+0.036)
3.   Tony ARBOLINO/ ITA/ KALEX – 2'10.569 (+0.080)
10. Marcel SCHRÖTTER/ GER/ KALEX – 2'11.271 (+0.782)
15. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX – 2'11.675 (+1.186)

1.   Fermín ALDEGUER/ SPA/ BOSCOSCURO – 2'09.155
2.   Tony ARBOLINO/ ITA/ KALEX – 2'09.201 (+0.046)
3.   Cameron BEAUBIER/ USA/ KALEX – 2'09.327 (+0.172)
14. Marcel SCHRÖTTER/ GER/ KALEX – 2'09.967 (+0.812)
22. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX – 2'11.362 (+2.207)