Alex Schacht has to start tomorrow’s final 2017 European Superstock 1000 race at Jerez de la Frontera in Spain from pitlane after he was hampered by engine problems again. Because of that, the team has used too much engines this year according to the rule book. A big shame, as Alex qualified himself in twenty-fourth place aboard his EAB Schacht Racing Team Ducati Panigale R.
After heavy fog in the morning, the time schedule for the Pirelli Spanish Round was changed a lot for the riders in the European Superstock 1000 championship. Free Practice 3 was postponed from 9h45 until 15h00 and was shorted by ten minutes to twenty minutes.
Alex stayed calm in this tricky situation and was eighteenth fastest after twenty hectic minutes at Jerez and twenty-first in the combined results after three free practice sessions. The qualification session was planned between 16h10 and 16h40 but was delayed again. At the end the session was started at 16h45.
Alex: “Again a difficult day with all the drama with the weather this morning. I really could have used the morning session to get into the 44’s and then try to make another step for the qualifying. I gave my best and did a 1.44,1 as well. I’m only 2,0 seconds from pole but still in twenty-fourth place. This just shows again that the championship is on a really, really high level. Unfortunately, again we have to start from pit lane and tomorrow is going to be tough with 36 riders on the grid. But the motivation is still high!”