MotoGP » Moto3: Calculating Cortese storms to Phillip Island win

Sandro Cortese scores back-to-back wins with victory at the Australian Moto3 Grand Prix, home rider Sissis snatches third.

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October 28, 2012 12:47 PM

Well done, Miguel.

FOr quite some time, I thought of Cortese's season as a non worthy of a championship as VInales was doing it all in a champion's style - winning quite often. Cortese was playing it safe and lucky. However, Vinales faultered and Cortese came to the front - and his championship is deserved.
But - there is a major factor in it all: the KTM was the bike best from the beginning and it only got better. Vinales did his tantrums, which might bite him back, with some rationale behind it: the Honda was not up to par, and he really couldn't fight for the championship on such a bike. He doesn't excuse his behaviour but justifies it.

In conclusuon, with a Honda (which might have some recent upgrade, I don't know) that doesn't compare to the rocket KTM, Miguel Oliveira did - finally! - an excellent race and, in a fellow countryman's mind, he deserved the win this time. OH well! May be in Valencia he will get there.


October 28, 2012 11:18 PM

Equalling Bautista's podiums record? Don't forget the 2006 season had one race fewer than this year. So fair enough he could still beat that record, but while Bautista may have scored fourteen podiums that year 8 of them were wins. Cortese isn't going to get eight wins even with that one extra race.

loobyloo - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 11:46 PM

Petrolbonce go easy! You have a good point but it's one of the official MotoGP facts too, I saw in in their 'racing numbers' news so maybe you are a little hasty in shooting the messenger - don't recall anyone challenging Bautistas win record either, but yes Cortese does have an extra race to throw into the mix, meaning Bautista's figures are technically stronger, 14 poduims each all the same though.

Great Moto3 racing as usual hope for a no holds barred finale in Valencia!

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