Fifth victory for Cortese and first podium for Sissis28/10/2012
Red Bull KTM Ajo factory team´s success celebration went on in season´s penultimate Moto3 GP at Phillip Island circuit in Australia.
Sandro Cortese, no rx there who arrived to Australia as a new world champion, this web ambulance took already his fifth win of the season getting a superb back up from his team mates Arthur Sissis and Danny Kent.
Sissis gained the first podium position of his GP career when he finished third in front of his home crowd. Also Kent had all the possibilities to finish in top three. In the end he crossed the finish line fifth 75 thousandth of seconds after Sissis.
Pole man Cortese, who dominated the Australian GP weekend all the way from the free practice sessions, took an overwhelming victory. He bet Portuguese Miguel Oliveira, who finished second, by 2,108 seconds.
“In a way this was the best weekend of the whole season so far”, Cortese says, “I didn´t have any pressure but I managed to ride relaxed and I enjoyed every lap. I dedicate this victory for my dad, who celebrates his birthday today”, says Cortese, who has been outside the podium only twice during 16 GPs.
Cortese has a chance to change the MotoGP- series’ smallest class´s one season´s podium record as there is still one GP left, the season finale will be held 11th of November at Valencia circuit in Spain.
“I absolutely want to win also in Valencia”, announces Cortese, who is in fantastic shape.
Sissis, who competed only second time at 4,4, kilometers long Phillip Island circuit, was just smiling after he bet Spanish Alex Rins by 53 thousandth of seconds while they were battling for third position.
“I timed the overtaking to the right place and managed to keep the third position even if the fight was really hard all the way to the end”, Sissis describes, “I can´t be anything but really, really happy for this result. It´s great to get this fantastic home crowd to shout for joy.”
AIRASIA AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX
Moto3 Race Classification:
1. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 38.20,014
2. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 2,108
3. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 5,031
4. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 5,084
5. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 5,107
6. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 5,109
7. Alessandro Tonucci Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 5,374
8. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 5,894
9. Alex Marquez Spain, Ambrogio Next Racing, Suter Honda + 30,783
10. Isaac Vinales Spain, Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 30,911
11. Jonas Folger Germany, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 32,803
12. Adrian Martin Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 33,302
13. Jakub Kornfeil Czech, Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta, FTR Honda + 33,479
14. Brad Binder South Africa, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 34,102
15. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 43,749
Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM.
Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM.
World Championship Standing:
1. Cortese 305
2. Salom 208
3. Maverick Vinales Spain, FTR Honda 199
4. Rins 141
5. Fenati 136
6. Kent 129
7. Oliveira 114
8. Khairuddin 112
9. Jonas Folger Germany, Kalex KTM 93
10. Vazquez 93
11. Sissis 84
12. Alexis Masbou France, Honda 81
13. Louis Rossi France, FTR Honda 76
14. Antonelli 74
15. Kornfeil 62
19. Ajo 33
Next GP: 11th of November Valencia, Spain.