Marcel Schrötter narrowly misses out on his next top-five result in the World Motorcycle Championship after another race to catch up.

At the French Grand Prix in Le Mans, the 29-year-old from Vilgertshofen advanced to sixth place in the Moto2 race; Schrötter had last finished fourth twice (Austin/Portimao) and fifth once (Jerez).

“I will try to make up positions, no matter what. We have a solid pace,” Schrötter told ServusTV before the start. “Fight and then see what comes out” was the motto. And he stuck to it.

After 13th place in qualifying, the only German World Championship rider moved up one position, as the ailing Briton Sam Lowes was unable to compete. In the race, Schrötter again overtook several opponents, but also benefited from retirements. In the duel for fifth place, the rider from Upper Bavaria had to admit defeat to Ai Ogura (Japan).

The Spaniard Augusto Fernandez took the victory ahead of his compatriot Aron Canet and Somkiat Chantra from Thailand.