Heartbreaking end to an incredible fight for the win by Schrötter, Alcoba scores on P14
It was a bittersweet ending for LIQUI MOLY Intact GP rider Marcel Schrötter after he buried a potential first Moto2 win in the gravel at 'De Strubben' while leading the race. Team-mate Alcoba, on the other hand, went into the longed-for summer break with two valuable World Championship points after finishing 14th in Assen.
Just one week after his P4 home success at the Sachsenring, the German Marcel Schrötter had the chance to land the big coup in the Netherlands. With another rocket start from P10, the 29-year-old shot into the first corner of the TT Circuit of Assen surrounded by thousands of fans in fifth place. A short time later Schrötter moved up to fourth place, taking up the chase of Alonso Lopez, Albert Arenas and Jake Dixon, whom he put under more and more pressure in the following laps and finally overtook until only Lopez was in front of him. The battle for the race lead was on in lap seven. 0.529s separated the Intact rider from P1, but the Bavarian was once again in top form and so he closed the gap in less than a lap so that he was able to snatch the lead from the Spaniard as early as lap eight.
From then on, the experienced Moto2 rider did strong leading work and kept seven nervous rivals at bay until lap twelve, when his phenomenal race came to an abrupt end at Turn 5. The disappointment about missing out on his first Moto2 win is enormous, but Schrötter has once again shown that he has the potential to be right up there at the front. He will take this with him into the summer break, after which he can approach the second half of the season with a lot of confidence.
Meanwhile, further back, a very eager young Spaniard was fighting for one last positive result before the summer break: Jeremy Alcoba. The Moto2 rookie started the 23-lap race from P23 and gradually made his way towards the points, which he finally achieved on the penultimate lap of the race. On the final metres, he even managed to improve on his P15, so he finished fourteenth, looking towards the British Grand Prix with two more World Championship points in his pocket. These two points are certainly a blessing for the 20-year-old's recently tarnished confidence.
Despite zero points, Marcel Schrötter is still seventh in the world championship before the five-week summer break, and Jeremy Alcoba is also feeling positive about the second half of the season, which officially kicks off at the Silverstone Circuit in Great Britain from 5th to 7th of August 2022.
1. Alonso LOPEZ/ SPA/ BOSCOSCURO – 1'37.223
2. Joe ROBERTS/ USA/ KALEX – 1'37.405 (+0.182)
3. Albert ARENAS/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'37.722 (+0.499)
4. Manuel GONZALEZ/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'37.758 (+0.535)
5. Jake DIXON/ GBR/ KALEX – 1'37.800 (+0.577)
17. Marcel SCHRÖTTER/ GER/ KALEX – 1'38.174 (+0.951)
21. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX – 1'38.553 (+1.330)
1. Augusto FERNANDEZ/ SPA/ KALEX
2. Ai Ogura/ JAP/ KALEX – (+0.660)
3. Jake DIXON/ GBR/ KALEX – (+0.725)
4. Celestino Vietti/ KALEX – (+0.758)
5. Bo BENDSNEYDER/ NED/ KALEX – (+1.485)
14. Jeremy ALCOBA/ SPA/ KALEX – (+19.188)
DNF Marcel SCHRÖTTER/ GER/ KALEX
1. VIETTI Celestino / ITA / 146
3. FERNANDEZ Augusto / SPA / 146
2. OGURA Ai / JPN / 145
4. CANET Aron / SPA / 116
5. ARBOLINO Tony / ITA / 104
6. ROBERTS Joe / USA / 97
7. SCHRÖTTER Marcel / GER / 88
8. DIXON Jake/ GBR/ 76
9. ACOSTA Pedro / SPA / 75
10. CHANTRA Somkiat / THA / 69
19. ALCOBA Jeremy/ SPA/ 33
1. RED BULL KTM AJO / 221
2. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA / 214
3. FLEXBOX HP40 / 178
4. ELF MARC VDS RACING TEAM / 155
5. MOONEY VR46 RACING TEAM / 146
6. INDE GASGAS ASPAR TEAM / 121
7. LIQUI MOLY INTACT GP / 121
8. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM / 107
9. MB CONVEYORS SPEED UP/ 79
10. PERTAMINA MANDALIKA SAG TEAM / 61