Marcel Schrötter and Sandro Cortese unveiled their 2017 challengers in Memmingen on Friday, with the Dynavolt Intact GP Team greeted by a big crowd onsite at Keckeisen Accumulators.
Edgar Mielke & Alex Hofmann presented the event, with some special guests in attendance - including Toni Mang, Adi Stadler and Ralf Waldmann – as Schrötter and Cortese rode their new Suter machinery through the crowd to the stage.
Representatives of the Swiss chassis manufacturer Suter Industries, the CEO Maurizio Bäumle as well as engineer Alessandro Giussani and project manager Reto Karrer were present. "Our heart and DNA are racing, we want to show that. If the riders are as happy with the motorcycles at the end of the season as they are now, we are satisfied," said Maurizio Bäumle.
Marcel Schrötter: “I am very happy and am proud to be part of this professional team. Dynavolt Intact GP is definitely one of the best teams in our paddock. So I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the team leadership for their confidence in me. In the past few months, there was already plenty of opportunity to settle in well in my new environment. I was very warmly welcomed and feel good since the beginning. Today's team presentation also showed how enthusiastically all parties involved are. I am overwhelmed of the event they organized. It is also my first official team launch since I'm riding in the World Championship - I've never experienced anything like it before. As a rider in a German team, expectations have risen. This applies not only to my personal goals, but also to the expected performance. I think, however, that after the positive winter tests, we are well prepared for the season and can look forward to the first race. The switch to the new Suter material needs time to adapt of course, but with each test we are progressing well. In principle, however, I had a good feeling from the start with my new racing machine.”
Schrötter: "I have all of the tools to get podiums"
Sandro Cortese: “It is a very good feeling that the season will finally start. After the first tests I can say that I do not regret it for a second that we have moved to Suter. The team made the decision well thought out. Of course we are still in the beginning and there was something missing to the top, but we still have enough test days to be ready for Doha. After my injury and surgery, I have intensively trained with riding bicycle and swimming to strengthen the leg muscles after the seven weeks I had to walk on crutches. I am pleased that Marcel is my new teammate. We know each other for a long time, still from our time on pocket bikes. We both come from the region and are similar, which fits very well.”
Cortese: "I'm working hard to be back on top"
Part of the evening was also the presentation of Intact GP's new junior project. In addition to Matthias Meggle, who will compete in the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup this year once again, the Intact GP team colours will also continue to be represented in the ADAC Northern Europe Cup - in cooperation with the RAS Intact GP team. RAS stands for Racing Academy Sachsenring - a talent factory with seat at the Sachsenring, which is led by Dirk Reißmann as Teammanager and Kai Grabner as Technical Director.
The riders are two youngsters from Saxony. Marvin Siebdraht, from Wildenfels, is the youngest participant in the ADAC Northern Europe Cup, at 13. He shares the box with Paul Fröde from Hohenstein-Ernstthal, who is just a year older.
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