Cortese and Kent took again the first two places07/07/2012
Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Racing Team´s team leader Aki Ajo, buy who is known as a calm guy was nothing but calm on Saturday at the rainy paddock of Sachsenring in Germany.
The celebrations of the experienced team leader were well deserved after his riders Sandro Cortese and Danny Kent took the first two places of the grid in the season´s eight Moto3 qualifying.
Cortese, price who took in front of his home crowd already his fourth pole position of the season and Briton Kent, mind qualified exactly to the same places as they did a week ago in the Dutch TT in Assen.
Of course I have to be pleased with this result especially when the circumstances were so difficult”, said Ajo, “In the practices, which were held on dry track riders´ feeling for riding improved all the time and I believe that we have found the settings also for those circumstances.”
“On the other hand I was a bit surprised that we were so strong at wet track. Weather conditions have changed here all the time so we have to be ready for everything”, Ajo highlighted.
Cortese described his
top time incredible
Cortese, who is second in championship standing, made the top time in a way that surprised everyone in torrential rain of Sachsenring. He left it right until the end to set a stunning pole lap with a top time of 1.42,989, which was 1,485 seconds faster than Kent´s best time.
Cortese´s overwhelming performance gets even more credit because he had troubles still in the beginning of the qualifying.
“It´s incredible to do such a lap time in the end and in front of my home crowd”, Cortese said, “I had a really good feeling for my bike but to be honest in these kind of circumstances I would have been happy to qualify sixth or even seventh”, Cortese admitted.
“There was so much water on the track that I didn´t believe I was able to go any faster in the end but so I did. I knew I had to take a risk to reach even to the first two rows. I can´t deny that I had a lot of pressure to be in front of my home crowd but now it´s not that bad anymore. I will enjoy my riding at the race, which certainly will be once again really tough one”, continued Cortese.
In the free practice that was held on dry track Kent was third fastest rider and half a second faster than Cortese. But Kent showed that he can go fast also on the wet track.
“Second front row´s place within a week. So of course I am really pleased and happy for this”, said Kent, “I have enough speed for both dry and wet track. I head for Sunday´s race with confident mind. Especially on the wet track this starting place is really beneficial”, Kent hinted.
“In the race I have to go smartly and keep my head cool”, Kent highlighted.
Cortese´s and Kent´s Australian teammate Arthur Sissis qualified 21st. He was 3 seconds from the pole.
“I still haven´t found a good feeling for my bike´s rear part”, said Sissis.
Spanish rider Maverick Vinales, who leads the championship by seven points over Cortese, had big problems in the demanding circumstances. He was 3,613 seconds from the pole and had to settle for 24th place.
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MotoGP Qualifying Practice Classification:
1. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 1.42,989
2. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 1,485
3. Adrian Martin Spain, JHK Laglisse, FTR Honda + 1,500
4. Jack Miller Australia, Caretta Technology, Honda + 1,543
5. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 1,596
6. Brad Binder South Africa, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 1,746
7. Louis Rossi France, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 1,826
8. Jonas Folger Germany, IodaRacing Project, Ioda + 1,904
9. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 1,935
10. Alexis Masbou France, Caretta Technology, Honda + 1,996
11. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 2,161
12. Hector Faubel Spain, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 2,383
13. Alberto Moncayo Spain, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 2,384
14. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK Laglisse, FTR Honda + 2,433
15. Toni Finstenbusch Germany, Cresto Guide MZ Racing, Honda + 2,508
20. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 2,950
21. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 3,013