Sachsenring Moto3: KTM’s Cortese on Pole

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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. Rider Nation Team Bike Km/h Time Gap 1st/Prev.
1. 11 Sandro CORTESE GER Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 190.1 1’42.989
2. 52 Danny KENT GBR Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 194.1 1’44.474 1.485 / 1.485
3. 26 Adrian MARTIN SPA JHK Laglisse FTR Honda 187.0 1’44.489 1.500 / 0.015
4. 8 Jack MILLER AUS Caretta Technology Honda 191.8 1’44.532 1.543 / 0.043
5. 84 Jakub KORNFEIL CZE Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 191.5 1’44.585 1.596 / 0.053
6. 41 Brad BINDER RSA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 194.9 1’44.735 1.746 / 0.150
7. 96 Louis ROSSI FRA Racing Team Germany FTR Honda 193.3 1’44.815 1.826 / 0.080
8. 94 Jonas FOLGER GER IodaRacing Project Ioda 184.7 1’44.893 1.904 / 0.078
9. 39 Luis SALOM SPA RW Racing GP Kalex KTM 194.9 1’44.924 1.935 / 0.031
10. 10 Alexis MASBOU FRA Caretta Technology Honda 191.0 1’44.985 1.996 / 0.061
11. 31 Niklas AJO FIN TT Motion Events Racing KTM 195.1 1’45.150 2.161 / 0.165
12. 55 Hector FAUBEL SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 189.2 1’45.372 2.383 / 0.222
13. 23 Alberto MONCAYO SPA Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM 189.0 1’45.373 2.384 / 0.001
14. 7 Efren VAZQUEZ SPA JHK Laglisse FTR Honda 190.8 1’45.422 2.433 / 0.049
15. 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH GER Cresto Guide MZ Racing Honda 188.4 1’45.497 2.508 / 0.075
16. 43 Luca GRUENWALD GER Freudenberg Racing Team Honda 188.3 1’45.625 2.636 / 0.128
17. 53 Jasper IWEMA NED Moto FGR FGR Honda 191.0 1’45.650 2.661 / 0.025
18. 27 Niccolò ANTONELLI ITA San Carlo Gresini Moto3 FTR Honda 190.7 1’45.705 2.716 / 0.055
19. 89 Alan TECHER FRA Technomag-CIP-TSR TSR Honda 191.7 1’45.795 2.806 / 0.090
20. 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN MAL AirAsia-Sic-Ajo KTM 194.0 1’45.939 2.950 / 0.144
21. 61 Arthur SISSIS AUS Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM 193.1 1’46.002 3.013 / 0.063
22. 99 Danny WEBB GBR Mahindra Racing Mahindra 184.1 1’46.046 3.057 / 0.044
23. 15 Simone GROTZKYJ ITA Ambrogio Next Racing Suter Honda 185.8 1’46.173 3.184 / 0.127
24. 25 Maverick VIÑALES SPA Blusens Avintia FTR Honda 190.8 1’46.602 3.613 / 0.429
25. 32 Isaac VIÑALES SPA Ongetta-Centro Seta FTR Honda 188.1 1’46.772 3.783 / 0.170
26. 19 Alessandro TONUCCI ITA Team Italia FMI FTR Honda 190.1 1’46.951 3.962 / 0.179
27. 42 Alex RINS SPA Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda 190.2 1’46.988 3.999 / 0.037
28. 86 Kevin HANUS GER Thomas Sabo GP Team Honda 187.4 1’47.003 4.014 / 0.015
29. 30 Giulian PEDONE SWI Ambrogio Next Racing Suter Honda 183.9 1’47.265 4.276 / 0.262
30. 77 Marcel SCHROTTER GER Mahindra Racing Mahindra 184.0 1’47.311 4.322 / 0.046
31. 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA POR Estrella Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda 187.3 1’47.565 4.576 / 0.254
32. 51 Kenta FUJII JPN Technomag-CIP-TSR TSR Honda 193.0 1’47.854 4.865 / 0.289
33. 3 Luigi MORCIANO ITA Ioda Team Italia Ioda 184.1 1’47.983 4.994 / 0.129
34. 21 Ivan MORENO SPA Andalucia JHK Laglisse FTR Honda 188.3 1’49.978 6.989 / 1.995
5 Romano FENATI ITA Team Italia FMI FTR Honda 187.1 1’51.012 8.023 / 1.034