Sachsenring Moto3: KTM’s Cortese on Pole


2012 Sachsenring Moto3 Qualifying Results

In torrential rain during Moto3 qualifying at the eni Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland at the Sachsenring it was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese who produced a wet-riding master-class to grab pole position ahead of Danny Kent and Adrián Martín.

Before this afternoon’s qualifying, the Moto3 grid had been spared from the rain, meaning this was the first opportunity to test their bikes in such conditions. Heavy rain was present from the start, as all riders took to the track with immense caution in the early stages.

Cortese, who had been way down the timesheets, left it right until the end to set a stunning pole lap of 1.42’989, which saw him finish over 1.4s off his second-placed teammate Kent. Kent narrowly ousted JHK Laglisse’s Adrián Martín, who put in one of his best performances of the season to complete the front row.

Caretta Technology’s Jack Miller, known for his prowess in the rain, will head up row two, ahead of Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Jakub Kornfeil, who has been one of the most consistent performers all weekend. RW Racing GP’s Brad Binder rounds out the second row, after narrowly ousting Le Mans wet-race winner, Racing Team Germany’s Louis Rossi, into seventh.

IodaRacing Team’s Jonas Folger, who has endured a difficult season so far, will be very pleased with his eighth place in front of his home crowd, as he finished ahead of Binder’s teammate Luis Salom and Caretta Technology’s Alexis Masbou.

Championship leader, Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales, failed to get to grips with the wet weather and the set-up of his bike, and will start from 24th on the grid, while Jerez wet-race winner Romano Fenati, on board his Team Italia FMI machine, looked to have a problem with his bike as he finished last in 35th place. Whilst many riders ran off track during the session, the only crasher was Freudenberg Racing Team’s wildcard Luca Gruenwald, who escaped without any serious injuries.

2012 Sachsenring Moto3 Qualifying Results:

Pos.Num.RiderNationTeamBikeKm/hTimeGap 1st/Prev.
1.11Sandro CORTESEGERRed Bull KTM AjoKTM190.11’42.989
2.52Danny KENTGBRRed Bull KTM AjoKTM194.11’44.4741.485 / 1.485
3.26Adrian MARTINSPAJHK LaglisseFTR Honda187.01’44.4891.500 / 0.015
4.8Jack MILLERAUSCaretta TechnologyHonda191.81’44.5321.543 / 0.043
5.84Jakub KORNFEILCZERedox-Ongetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda191.51’44.5851.596 / 0.053
6.41Brad BINDERRSARW Racing GPKalex KTM194.91’44.7351.746 / 0.150
7.96Louis ROSSIFRARacing Team GermanyFTR Honda193.31’44.8151.826 / 0.080
8.94Jonas FOLGERGERIodaRacing ProjectIoda184.71’44.8931.904 / 0.078
9.39Luis SALOMSPARW Racing GPKalex KTM194.91’44.9241.935 / 0.031
10.10Alexis MASBOUFRACaretta TechnologyHonda191.01’44.9851.996 / 0.061
11.31Niklas AJOFINTT Motion Events RacingKTM195.11’45.1502.161 / 0.165
12.55Hector FAUBELSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM189.21’45.3722.383 / 0.222
13.23Alberto MONCAYOSPAMapfre Aspar Team Moto3Kalex KTM189.01’45.3732.384 / 0.001
14.7Efren VAZQUEZSPAJHK LaglisseFTR Honda190.81’45.4222.433 / 0.049
15.9Toni FINSTERBUSCHGERCresto Guide MZ RacingHonda188.41’45.4972.508 / 0.075
16.43Luca GRUENWALDGERFreudenberg Racing TeamHonda188.31’45.6252.636 / 0.128
17.53Jasper IWEMANEDMoto FGRFGR Honda191.01’45.6502.661 / 0.025
18.27Niccolò ANTONELLIITASan Carlo Gresini Moto3FTR Honda190.71’45.7052.716 / 0.055
19.89Alan TECHERFRATechnomag-CIP-TSRTSR Honda191.71’45.7952.806 / 0.090
20.63Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDINMALAirAsia-Sic-AjoKTM194.01’45.9392.950 / 0.144
21.61Arthur SISSISAUSRed Bull KTM AjoKTM193.11’46.0023.013 / 0.063
22.99Danny WEBBGBRMahindra RacingMahindra184.11’46.0463.057 / 0.044
23.15Simone GROTZKYJITAAmbrogio Next RacingSuter Honda185.81’46.1733.184 / 0.127
24.25Maverick VIÑALESSPABlusens AvintiaFTR Honda190.81’46.6023.613 / 0.429
25.32Isaac VIÑALESSPAOngetta-Centro SetaFTR Honda188.11’46.7723.783 / 0.170
26.19Alessandro TONUCCIITATeam Italia FMIFTR Honda190.11’46.9513.962 / 0.179
27.42Alex RINSSPAEstrella Galicia 0,0Suter Honda190.21’46.9883.999 / 0.037
28.86Kevin HANUSGERThomas Sabo GP TeamHonda187.41’47.0034.014 / 0.015
29.30Giulian PEDONESWIAmbrogio Next RacingSuter Honda183.91’47.2654.276 / 0.262
30.77Marcel SCHROTTERGERMahindra RacingMahindra184.01’47.3114.322 / 0.046
31.44Miguel OLIVEIRAPOREstrella Galicia 0,0Suter Honda187.31’47.5654.576 / 0.254
32.51Kenta FUJIIJPNTechnomag-CIP-TSRTSR Honda193.01’47.8544.865 / 0.289
33.3Luigi MORCIANOITAIoda Team ItaliaIoda184.11’47.9834.994 / 0.129
34.21Ivan MORENOSPAAndalucia JHK LaglisseFTR Honda188.31’49.9786.989 / 1.995
5Romano FENATIITATeam Italia FMIFTR Honda187.11’51.0128.023 / 1.034