Marcel Schrötter from Pflugdorf took fourth place

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Schrotter finished fourth in Portugal with a Kalex © LIQUI MOLY Intact GP

Pflugdorf / Portimao – dark rainy clouds over the Portuguese Algarve coast, unusually low temperatures – and an unforgettable turbulent race. In the fifth round of the MotoGP World Championships, the Portuguese Grand Prix in Portimao, Pflugdorfer pro Marcel Schrotter finished fourth, as he did two weeks ago in Austin/Texas. However, Memminger’s Kalex driver Liqui Moly Intact GP benefited from a mass crash that had never happened before.

On lap nine, eleven of the 30 drivers – mainly those in front – flew off the track in the only rain-filled corner and landed in a gravel trap. Cancel the red flag race! Since no one was able to return to the pits within the specified five minutes, all the “crash pilots” had to watch the restart. Schrotter was lucky: After starting 12th (after Friday’s best practice time), he was only 17th – and it had nothing to do with the mass collision.

In the newly started sprint race, the “wet race” over seven laps (full points classification), there were only 17 drivers. Among them, Schrotter finished eighth at the start. From there, the 29-year-old from Upper Bavaria got off to a good start – quickly finishing second behind eventual winner Joe Roberts (USA). A sixth podium in Schrotter’s racing career seemed possible. But in the end, he had to fall behind Italian championship leader Celestino Fetti, a sponsor of motorcycle legend Valentino Rossi, and Spaniard Jorge Navarro. Fourth place was No. 23, whose girlfriend Michelle kept her fingers crossed on the edge of the racetrack, but was unsatisfied: “That was good even without a place on the podium,” he wrote to a KREISBOTEN reporter on Monday.

Marcel Schröter with his girlfriend Michelle
Schrotter’s biggest fan: girlfriend Michele kept her fingers crossed in Portugal. © Facebook/Schrotter

The first disappointment was banished: “We’re happy to get 13 points for that fourth place – even if the chance of a podium and even a win isn’t out of reach. Roberts did everything right from the start and went one lap later. With such a short distance it’s hardly possible It is possible to close the gap. However, I gave it all after we had a very difficult time in the first race. For this reason, demolition suits us,” Schrotter admits. “We were able to make adjustments to the bike and change the tires before the restart. There must be something wrong with the first set because on the first lap after the restart I was instantly faster than a second. At the end of the day I should have been on the podium.” This is a solid, good result and confirmation that the trend is moving forward.”

In the world championship standings in the Moto2 class, the next man from Pflugdorf improved from 10th to 8th with 36 points after five of 21 races. The next race, “Gran Premio de España”, will take place next Sunday, May 1, at the “Circuit de Jerez” in Spain. The race starts again at 12.20pm.

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