At the age of 2 years Marcel made his first acquaintance with the two-wheeled sport as a passenger in the Yamaha PW 50 side car of his big brother Benjamin. But he wanted to ride himself. This was when the adventure motorsport really went off! Marcel took part in his first race with 3.5 years old in the summer of 1996 on a motocross circuit. For his fourth birthday, "Celly" got a new KTM, with which he was competing at some smaller motocross races for a period of 1.5 years.
At the end of 1999, he switched to the road-racing scene and started in the Pocket-Bike class. After grabbing 5th position in his first season, he joined the DMSB Road Racing junior team, which he still belongs to today. In his second Pocket-Bike season he succeeded with 3rd place and in 2002 he finished his Pocket-Bike career with the German junior class title. This was followed by the move to the Mini-Bike class (GMR-KTM 65cc) in 2003. In this new category, Marcel finished the first year in 5th and a year later in 3rd.
The next step took place in 2005, when he competed in the ADAC Junior Cup on a 125cc Aprilia. The first season was very successful for the youngest rookie. He was third and won the first race in Hungary on the Pannoniaring. In 2006 he took pole in the first race, followed by two victories at Oschersleben and the Lausitzring. In the end, he missed only four points to the title.
In 2007, Marcel made his first season in the 125 IDM (International German Motorcycle Championship) and finished his rookie year in fifth position before he won the title for the next two years in 2008 and 2009.
In 2008, the German Youngster made his debut in the World Championship as a wildcard rider on the Sachsenring. In 2009, he started in three more races and impressed with a fantastic fifth place at the Valencia final. His first complete season in the World Championship was in 2010 for the Interwetten Honda 125 Team. In 2011, Schrötter switched to the newly founded Mahindra Racing Team, for which he had ridden almost a year and a half, first in the 125cc class and later in the Moto3 class.
Rapid move up to the Moto2 class, changing motorbikes and top 10 in the 2014 season
After he and the team went separate ways, entered the Moto2 class in the middle of the year, where he started with a Bimota chassis. In 2013 he rode a Kalex again. In 2014 the German switched to Tech3 and finished tenth overall. For 2016 he returned to Kalex and finished the season in 14th place.
For the 2017 season, Marcel Schrötter signed with the Intact GP team
From this season on Marcel belongs to the Moto2 team from Memmingen in Bavaria. Once again, he switched the motorcycle brand and fought for points aboard of a Suter chassis and alongside his German compatriot Sandro Cortese. After storming the top 10 of the World Championship by the middle of the season, a scaphoid injury forced him to miss some races and prevented him from progressing further.
2018 ensures a new beginning
After a year with Suter, another chassis change was on the agenda. With Kalex engineering, the Intact GP team returned to its old roots and Marcel Schrötter stormed onto his first podium in Misano and collected a total of 147 points, which earned him eighth place overall.
A new era starts in 2019
Starting signal a new era in the Moto2 class, as the intermediate category switched to 765cc three-cylinder Triumph engines. 2019 may have been accompanied by injuries for Marcel Schrötter, but the Bavarian could be happy about his most successful season. He scored three podiums, including a second place in Austin. He finished the opening race in Qatar in third place and as a highlight he stormed onto the podium in third place at his home race at the Sachsenring in front of raging fans. In addition, there were five front rows of the grid including three pole positions. Due to a broken metatarsal in Jerez and a quadruple broken collarbone, which caused him to miss Misano and Aragon, he finished eighth overall. Marcel Schrötter definitely wants to top this in 2020.
Now more than ever
2020 was supposed to finally be injury-free for Marcel Schrötter and pave his way to the top of the World Championship without any major incidents. But it was anything but a normal season. After starting the season full of motivation at the Qatar Grand Prix on 8 March, he had no idea that the outbreak of the Corona pandemic would make it take more than four months until the competition continued in Jerez in July. But even though the 2020 season was one of the most difficult so far for the LIQUI MOLY Intact GP team, Marcel Schrötter and Tom Lüthi ensured that the Moto2 squad finished fifth in the team standings with 14 x top-10 results, including five top-five finishes and one podium!
Crew change and new teammates for 2021 and 2022
Marcel Schrötter and his team entered what is now their fifth season together in 2021. Nevertheless, there was a change that created new conditions. After four years with the South Tyrolean Patrick Mellauner at his side as crew chief, Michael Thier now took over this function. He received the young Italian Tony Arbolino as his new team mate. In a year that was once again shaken by Corona and also difficult from a sporting point of view, Marcel Schrötter and Tony Arbolino nevertheless ensured that the LIQUI MOLY Intact GP team was able to secure seventh place in the Moto2 team standings with 15 top 10 results, including five top 6 successes. In the end, Marcel Schrötter finished tenth in the world championship and Tony Arbolino was able to end his rookie year in 14th place.
In the 2022 season, the Bavarian will work with a new crew chief, Spaniard Fausto Bencivenni. Another Spaniard, rookie Jeremy Alcoba, joined him in the pit box as a teammate. Together they want to fight for a successful year.