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Moto3: Cortese takes Assen pole

Sandro Cortese takes pole position for the Dutch Moto3 Grand Prix at Assen.
Sandro Cortese led a Red Bull KTM one-two during qualifying for the Dutch Moto3 Grand Prix at Assen on Friday.

The young German, who starts round seven just two-points behind title leader Maverick Vinales, made clever use of traffic to help tow his way to a third pole of the year by 0.259s from team-mate Danny Kent.

Kent set his best time at the head of a pack of riders that included Cortese, Hector Faubel and Niklas Ajo. The Englishman credited a new chassis, the same as Cortese, for his first front row start.

Rookie Niccolò Antonelli also claimed his debut front row, courtesy of third place. The Gresini FTR Honda rider lapped 0.343s from Cortese to split Kent and Aspar's Faubel at the end of the session.

Unlike his rivals, Vinales spent much of the 40-minute session riding alone on track, and took third place on his penultimate lap. However the last lap improvements by Kent, Cortese et al pushed him down to sixth, where he will start.

Warm-up and the race will be held on Saturday.

Qualifying:

1. Sandro Cortese GER (KTM) 1m 43.645s
2. Danny Kent GBR (KTM) 1m 43.894s
3. Niccolò Antonelli ITA (FTR Honda) 1m 43.988s
4. Hector Faubel SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 44.074s
5. Niklas Ajo FIN (KTM) 1m 44.097s
6. Maverick Viñales SPA (FTR Honda) 1m 44.178s
7. Alexis Masbou FRA (Honda) 1m 44.273s
8. Miguel Oliveira POR (Suter Honda) 1m 44.311s
9. Jakub Kornfeil CZE (FTR Honda) 1m 44.329s
10. Luis Salom SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 44.376s
11. Alberto Moncayo SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 44.408s
12. Louis Rossi FRA (FTR Honda) 1m 44.451s
13. Arthur Sissis AUS (KTM) 1m 44.533s
14. Alan Techer FRA (TSR Honda) 1m 44.534s
15. Alessandro Tonucci ITA (FTR Honda) 1m 44.541s



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mike hunt - Unregistered

June 29, 2012 3:39 PM

Question. Is CRASH.net a British company - based at Silverstone? I'm pretty sure you are. How about this? Instead of making a headline mentioning an Italian in third place, why aren't you headlineing the fact a British rider is in second place? It's this senseles anti patriotism that makes our riders less inviting for sponsors and the rest

190mph - Unregistered

June 29, 2012 4:06 PM

Also when Crash more often than not doesn't even mention the smaller classes or doesn't give full qualifying lists. Rider interviews from Moto2 and 3 would also be nice to read to give some insight on that riders thoughts about FP/QP and the race.



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