Front row for Kent and Cortese in Motegi13/10/2012
Red Bull KTM Ajo factory team´s riders were in charge of the season´s fourth latest Moto3 qualifying on Motegi circuit in Japan.
Danny Kent took his first ever pole position and championship leader Sandro Cortese was third. Arthur Sissis complemented the strong overall situation by qualifying 14th.
Kent, story who is getting ready for his 37th GP made the fastest time of 1.58,371, from which Cortese was 0,298 and Sissis 1,315 seconds.
“The feeling is great after getting my first pole position”, Kent rejoices, “I am confident because both riding and the bike have felt good during the whole weekend. Of course the race is the most important thing and at least my race pace is in a good level. I hope I succeed also on Sunday.”
Cortese, who was fastest in the free practice session of Japan GP, took already his 11th front row place of the season. The German leads the championship by 51 points and in theory by winning the GP he has a chance to win the world championship already in Japan if Luis Salom doesn´t gain points and if Maverick Vinales is not in top three. Vinales qualified second and Salom sixth.
“I will just concentrate on my own performance, I fight for the victory and I can´t affect on what the others will do”, Cortese says about the situation.
Cortese is in great shape before the race.
“The weekend has been a really good. I have been able to do good lap times all the time, the bike is good and I have a place in a front row.”
Cortese wasn´t far away from taking his seventh pole position of the season.
“Gaining a pole position requires also a bit of luck, which I didn´t have today. The track was really crowded in the end and therefore also I had few situations that might have ended up badly.”
AIRASIA GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN
Moto3 Qualifying Practice Classification:
1. Danny Kent Great Britain, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM 1.58,371
2. Maverick Vinales Spain, Blusens Avintia, FTR Honda + 0,203
3. Sandro Cortese Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 0,298
4. Zulfahmi Khairuddin Malaysia, AirAsia-Sic-Ajo, KTM + 0,580
5. Alessandro Tonucci Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 0,701
6. Luis Salom Spain, RW Racing GP, Kalex KTM + 0,726
7. Jonas Folger Germany, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3, Kalex KTM + 0,754
8. Louis Rossi France, Racing Team Germany, FTR Honda + 0,842
9. Efren Vazquez Spain, JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 0,916
10. Romano Fenati Italy, Team Italia FMI, FTR Honda + 0,988
11. Miguel Oliveira Portugal, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 1,123
12. Niccolo Antonelli Italy, San Carlo Gresini Moto3, FTR Honda + 1,281
13. Alex Rins Spain, Estrella Galicia 0,0, Suter Honda + 1,282
14. Arthur Sissis Australia, Red Bull KTM Ajo, KTM + 1,315
15. Alberto Moncayo Spain, Andalucia JHK t-shirt Laglisse, FTR Honda + 1,533
23. Niklas Ajo Finland, TT Motion Events Racing, KTM + 2,015