Marcel Schrötter scores 0.5 points in Buriram rain chaos
Sudden downpour caused much excitement on Sunday in Thailand, as after several attempts to hold the Moto2 race, it was finally declared over with less than two-thirds of the race distance completed, earning Marcel Schrötter of the LIQUI MOLY Intact GP Team at least 0.5 points with P15, while Jeremy Alcoba fell victim to aquaplaning.
While still on the grid, the liquid disaster from above took its course. As if from nowhere, it poured over large parts of the 4.6 km Chang International Circuit in Buriram, which led to a first start delay. The teams frantically switched to rain tires so that the race could be started without any major delays. But it rained more and more, more and more heavily.
Regrettably, Jeremy Alcoba slipped out of the race on lap four after starting from 14th on the grid. The Spaniard delivered many small successes this weekend and was in high spirits for his 17th race of the season. The youngster also continued to show competitiveness in the warm-up with P13. At the beginning of the race he lost a few positions, but fought to advance despite aquaplaning. Even after his slip, the Spaniard hoped to make a quick trip to his team pit to have the worst of the damage to his Kalex repaired and get back on track.
In lap seven of the already shortened to 16 laps finally followed the abort by red flags. A 5-lap sprint race was to follow, but the re-start was also delayed by the increasingly heavy rainfall. In the following warm-up round was again canceled and the result on the first seven driven laps finally assessed with half of the actual score.
For Marcel Schrötter, this meant 0.5 points in his favor after the German had made a fantastic start despite the adverse conditions and settled into 15th position. The spray from the masses of water was exceedingly dangerous, as the 29-year-old described the situation on the track afterwards. Although he came out of the warm-up with a good feeling, the rain just ruined any feeling and ensured that the experienced Schrötter could not get pressure on his tires, which made handling in the corners almost impossible.
The rain chaos of Buriram brings to an end an intense three-week tour of Spain and Asia before the third penultimate race of the season in two weeks' time, October 14-16, at one of the world's most spectacular circuits: the Phillip Island Grand Prix in faraway Australia.
1. Somkiat CHANTRA/ THA/ KALEX – 1'36.054
2. Alonso LOPEZ/ SPA/ BOSCOSCURO – 1'36.206 (+0.152)
3. Tony ARBOLINO/ ITA/ KALEX – 1'36.342 (+0.288)
4. Joe ROBERTS/ USA/ KALEX - 1'36.464 (+0.410)
5. Ai OGURA/ JAP/ KALEX – 1'36.492 (+0.438)
13. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'36.829 (+0.775)
23. Marcel SCHRÖTTER/ GER/ KALEX – 1'37.352 (+1.298)
1. Tony ARBOLINO/ ITA/ KALEX –
2. Filip SALAC/ CZE/ KALEX – (+0.251)
3. Aron CANET/ SPA/ KALEX – (+3.112)
4. Jake DIXON/ GBR/ KALEX – (+3.268)
5. Alonso LOPEZ/ SPA/ BOSCOSCURO –(+4.137)
15. Marcel ScCHRÖTTER/ GER/ KALEX – (1 Lap)
DNF Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX
World Championship Standings
1. FERNANDEZ Augusto / SPA / 238,5
2. OGURA Ai / JPN / 237
3. CANET Aron / SPA / 185
4. VIETTI Celestino / ITA / 165
5. ARBOLINO Tony / ITA / 150,5
6. ACOSTA Pedro / SPA / 132
7. ROBERTS Joe / USA / 130
8. DIXON Jake/ GBR/ 127,5
9. CHANTRA Somkiat / THA / 120
10. LOPEZ Alonso/ SPA/ 110,5
11. SCHRÖTTER Marcel / GER / 104,5
18. ALCOBA Jeremy/ SPA/ 47
1. RED BULL KTM AJO / 370,5
2. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA / 357
3. FLEXBOX HP40 / 268
4. ELF MARC VDS RACING TEAM / 201,5
5. INDE GASGAS ASPAR TEAM / 201,5
6. BETA TOOLS SPEED UP/ 165,5
7. MOONEY VR46 RACING TEAM / 165
8. LIQUI MOLY INTACT GP / 151,5
9. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM / 145
10.PERTAMINA MANDALIKA SAG TEAM / 81,5