Alcoba storms onto row 3 at Phillip Island & Schrötter confident after progress
LIQUI MOLY Intact GP youngster Jeremy Alcoba will tackle the Australian Grand Prix from a promising ninth place on the grid. Marcel Schrötter narrowly missed out on making it into Q2 despite a positive qualifying session.
Mostly sunny weather on Saturday at Phillip Island, let the Australian surfer island in all its glory.
Especially Jeremy Alcoba experienced a real upswing in the more pleasant conditions. In free practice in the morning, the young Spaniard first made it directly into Q2 with 12th place and then secured ninth place on the grid on row three in the afternoon with significantly less wind. A very promising starting position into the race for the rookie, who is racing on the track on the south coast of Australia for the first time.
At least at the end of the second day in Down Under, Marcel Schrötter had also regained confidence. After struggling significantly in FP3 and even posting a crash, the 29-year-old was a changed man in the afternoon. The feeling for his Kalex was back and the German missed Q2 in sixth place by just 0.084 seconds. Although 20th on the grid on row seven is anything but what the experienced Moto2 rider had imagined, anything is possible in Phillip Island and the chances of catching up to the front are high!
1. Alonso LOPEZ / SPA / BOSCOSCURO - 1'32.616
2. Fermín ALDEGUER / SPA / BOSCOSCURO - 1'32.934 (+0.318)
3. Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'32.993 (+0.377)
4. Aron CANET / SPA / KALEX - 1'33.090 (+0.474)
5. Jake DIXON / GBR / KALEX - 1'33.194 (+0.578)
12. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX - 1'33.777 (+1.161)
22. Marcel SCHROTTER/ GER/ KALEX - 1'35.025 (+2.409)
1. Manuel GONZALEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'33.162
2. Lorenzo DALLA PORTA / ITA / KALEX - 1'33.381 (+0.219)
3. Celestino VIETTI / ITA / KALEX - 1'33.392 (+0.230)
4. Somkiat CHANTRA / THA / KALEX - 1'33.515 (+0.353)
5. Albert ARENAS / SPA / KALEX - 1'33.598 (+0.436)
6. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX - 1'33.599 (+0.437)
1. Fermín ALDEGUER / SPA / BOSCOSCURO - 1'32.233
2. Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'32.306 (+0.073)
3. Alonso LOPEZ / SPA / BOSCOSCURO - 1'32.543 (+0.310)
4. Tony ARBOLINO / ITA / KALEX - 1'32.721 (+0.488)
5. Aron CANET / SPA / KALEX - 1'32.837 (+0.604)
9. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX - 1'32.946 (+0.713)