Championship leader Cortese took already fifth pole of the season


Finnish team Ajo Motorsport’s Moto3-class championship leader, German Sandro Cortese took already his fifth pole this season on Saturday at Indianapolis, USA. Cortese has dominated the GP-weekend at Indianapolis already since practice and took the pole for Sunday with a time of 1.48,545. Red Bull KTM Ajo Factory Racing Team’s ace leads the championship by nine points after nine GPs.
KTM Factory Team’s strong push was complemented by Briton Danny Kent, storming in to second place 83 thousands of a second behind Cortese. Third rider of the team, Australian Arthur Sissis came in 23rd trailing the lead by 1,867 seconds.

Third qualifying jackpot
for Cortese and Kent

Cortese and Kent have become a true master duo of the qualifying, they have taken the two best places of the grid already twice before this season, in Netherlands and in Germany.
“It´s great to see these guys in front again”, team leader Aki Ajo said, “However, I prefer to think more about the whole picture at these really unusual circumstances when the traction of the track is so poor. Cortese and Kent have been in the front all the time since the practice. That promises quite much for the race. For some riders these kind of circumstances suit better when for the others they are really difficult.”
“There are few curves on this circuit where you need to ride like it´s wet race even if the track is dry. It´s so slippery over there,” Ajo continued.
In two previous seasons Cortese has been at podium in Indianapolis. His experience is highly appreciated on this legendary circuit.
“I had a good qualifying”, Cortese said, “The bike behaves so differently all the time in these circumstances but it might be a smaller problem for me than to others. At Indy you can´t put too much efforts for bike´s settings. Of course they need to work but in here you can´t ride that much with limits.”
“The only thing that troubles me is that it was so crowded on the track in qualifying. We should definitely do something to avoid riders to wait too much until they make their fast laps. It starts to get dangerous already.”
Kent has felt really strong since Friday´s first free practice session, when the 4,2 kilometres long track was still partly slippery after the rain. After that the sun has shined in Indy.
“I was able to concentrate and practice for Indy during the summer break”, said Kent, “I feel myself strong both mentally and physically. I am ready to fight for the podiums in here and in other GP´s of the rest of the season.”
Sissis improved his pace in qualifying and he is planning to improve his results.
“I am still learning this track and I can´t deny, it´s difficult and demanding at these kind of circumstances.”

Moto3 Qualifying Practice Classification:
1. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 1.48,545
2. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,083
3. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda + 0,098
4. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 0,445
5. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 0,479
6. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 0,500
7. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK Laglisse, FTR Honda + 0,529
8. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 0,779
9. Alberto Moncayo Spain, Andalucia JHK Laglisse, FTR Honda + 0,787
10. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 0,789
11. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 0,852
12. Alexis Masbou France, Caretta Technology, Honda + 0,947
13. Alessandro Tonucci Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 1,060
14. Louis Rossi Italy, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 1,065
15. Jonas Folger Germany, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 1,111
23. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 1,867
24. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 1,898