Championship leader Cortese fought himself for second row at Le Mans19/05/2012
Championship leader Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Racing Team´s German rider Sandro Cortese showed a real fighters nature at the fourth qualifying of the season at wet Le Mans circuit in France.
Cortese, site here who has achieved two pole positions this season didn´t mind taking sixth place this time – for him it was like a victory.
“I managed to make only three laps in the beginning until the front part of the bike slipped under me while braking downhill and then I crashed. I was stuck by the track a long time. When I got back to the paddock my team made once again a great job and I managed to get back to the track to get few important laps”, see cure sighted relieved Cortese.
Cortese made his fastest time of 1.57, cost help 801 on last, tenth, lap.
“Cortese pulled himself together well after the crash. Strong performance”, team leader Aki Ajo complemented.
After a hard fight Ajo managed to see some humour in the situation as well.
“Cortese did a big job to get his bike back to the paddock, which is far from the place where he crashed. Some of the team members took scooters and went to help him but Sandro had already organized a lift for his bike on some kind of garbage truck, Ajo laughed.
Kent feels like a
challenger on dry track
Cortese´s teammates Australian Arthur Sissis was 14th and Briton Danny Kent was 17th. Sissis´s fastest lap was 1.58,570, Kent was one tenth of a second behind him.
“The morning´s free practice on dry track went just fine and I was seventh. On the wet qualifying practice the rear end of the bike was a bit too rigid. I hope that it will be dry on Sunday. At least on those conditions I will feel like a challenger, confirmed Kent.
Sissis who is having his first GP season also did a good job at challenging circumstances.
“Since it was a wet weather I waited perhaps even a bit better result but I couldn´t find a complete trust for the riding and for the bike. Well, this is good as well.”
Spanish rider Maverick Vinales was this time unbeatable at the qualifying with a time of 1.55,865. He bet the second fastest rider, his country man Efren Vazquez by 0,982 seconds. Cortese was 1,936 seconds from the pole.
MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE
Moto3 Qualifying Practice Classification:
1. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda 1.55,865
2. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK T-Shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 0,982
3. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 1,249
4. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 1,527
5. Alexis Masbou France, Caretta Technology, Honda + 1,808
6. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 1,936
7. Alberto Moncayo Spain, Bankia Aspar Team, Kalex KTM + 1,981
8. Hector Faubel Spain, Bankia Aspar Team, Kalex KTM + 2,034
9. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 2,135
10. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 2,268
11. Jonas Folger Germany, IodaRacing Project, Ioda + 2,439
12. Adrian Martin Spain, JHK T-Shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 2,450
13. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 2,698
14. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 2,705
15. Louis Rossi France, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 2,711
16. Brad Binder South Africa, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 2,725
17. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 2,808