Season´s second pole for Cortese05/05/2012
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Racing Team celebrated already its second pole position in new Moto3-class. German Sandro Cortese, viagra who was unbeatable at the season´s third qualifying held in Estoril, hospital Portugal, took the pole position and gave a reason to celebrate for the team and its leader Finnish Aki Ajo.
– Pole position is of course absolutely fantastic but at least as positive has been the fact that we have finally been able to get good practice on dry track, Cortese said. – We have to remember that this great project is still at early stage, experienced Cortese reminded.
Cortese took the first place of the grid for Sunday´s race with a time of 1.47,145. Cortese who bet second fastest rider Spanish Maverick Vinales with 0,315 seconds has done convincing job at the qualifying sessions of the new class. He opened the season in Losail, Qatar with a pole position and qualified second a week ago in Jerez, Spain. He was third in both of the GPs and is now fourth in championship standing.
KTM bike´s more rigid
body fits for Cortese
– All in all a strong start for the season, Ajo says. – And what is best is that Cortese has had even better trust for his bike here in Portugal. I believe that Friday and Saturday have given Sandro again some extra things and he is ready to attack on Saturday, Ajo convinces.
– We adjusted the bike´s body more rigid and it turned out to be a good solution, confirms Cortese who has won two GPs during his career so far.
According to Ajo they have made quite big changes for the bikes in Estoril.
– All the factory riders have ridden here with different settings than earlier, Ajo refers to the bikes´ bodies.
Second row for Kent
All in all the Red Bull KTM Ajo Team made a strong effort at the qualifying in Portugal.
Briton Danny Kent took the best qualifying position so far and was fourth. Team´s third rider Australian Arthur Sissis had to settle for 16th place this time.
– Good result, even if I couldn´t find the best possible feeling for the bike. I still am a bit lost with the rhythm but at least I managed to have few good and pretty promising laps over here, says Kent.
Sissis wasn´t able to find a good feeling on his bike in the beginning of the qualifying.
– The new settings didn´t fit for me. We went back to the older ones and it of course took some time.
GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL CIRCUITO ESTORIL
Moto3 Qualifying Practice Classification 2012:
1. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 1.47,145
2. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda + 0,315
3. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 0,771
4. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,805
5. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 0,938
6. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 1,046
7. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 1,093
8. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK T-Shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 1,154
9. Hector Faubel Spain, Bankia Aspar Team, Kalex KTM + 1,204
10. Alexis Masbou France, Caretta Technology, Honda + 1,331
11. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 1,333
12. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, San Carlo Gresini Moto3, FTR Honda + 1,551
13. Adrian Martin Spain, JHK T-Shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 1,726
14. Brad Binder South Africa, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 1,755
15. Louis Rossi France, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 1,782
16. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo , KTM + 1,868
24. Joan Olive Spain, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 2,735
Sunday Guide, Moto3™:
* Sandro Cortese starts from pole for the fifth time in his career. His third place in the first race of this year in Qatar is the only time he has finished on the podium from his four previous pole position starts. Cortese will be aiming to finish on the podium at three successive GP races for the first time in his career.
* Heading the second row is Danny Kent – his best ever qualifying result in Grand Prix racing.
– Official statistics compiled by Dr. Martin Raines