By Lisa Lewis

German rider Sandro Cortese took pole position on his Red Bull KTM Ajo for round eight of the Moto3 championship in qualifying at the Sachsenring on Saturday, his home grand prix.

Despite the heavy rain and standing water making conditions tough to ride in, causing spray and poor visibility for the riders, home rider Cortese was one of very few to improve late in the session, after moving up the order slowly in the closing laps.

His final effort of 1:42.989 put him on pole for Sundays Sachsenring Grand Prix, 1.485 seconds ahead of his team mate Danny Kent, fresh from his first ever podium last weekend at Assen,who had lead with 1:44.989 since midway through qualifying.

It is Cortese's fourth pole of the season and second in a row after he also took pole ahead of Kent last time out in Assen.

Adrian Martin completes the front row on his JHK T-Shirt Laglisse (FTR Honda) with his best ever qualifying session, having been no higher than 7th before.

Australian rookie Jack Miller used his Sachsenring wild-card experience from last year in the wet and his knowledge of the track from competing in the German championship to his advantage to qualify fourth for the Caretta Technology (Honda) team, despite a couple of late trips into the gravel.

Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil, who had been impressive in practice, was the early session leader and qualifies fifth for Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda), South African rider Brad Binder will start from sixth for RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM).

Louis Rossi starts seventh for Racing Team Germany's home race, despite running off into the gravel with 22 minutes remaining. Jonas Folger also qualified well for his home race in eighth for the IodaRacing Project.

Luis Salom, who will be looking to be on the podium tomorrow after missing out in Assen qualifies ninth for RW Racing (Kalex KTM), with Alexis Masbou completing the top ten for Caretta Technology.

Maverick Vinales, who led morning practice and came into the session with the weekends fastest time for Blusens Avintia (FTR Honda) spent the early part of the session down the lower end of the standings three seconds off the pace and never recovered, eventually qualifying down in 24th position.

"We don't know what happened and even I can't understand it. In qualifying I couldn't enter the corners well -- especially the left handers -- and was sliding all over the place," shrugged Vinales. "It only got worse as the laps went by."

Hector Faubel, who along with Alberto Moncayo qualified 12 and 13th respectively with the new red Mapfre livery for the Aspar Moto3 team after dropping the troubled Spanish banking sponsor Bankia.

Briton Danny Webb qualified 22nd on his Mahindra, he experienced vision problems but finished the session ahead of his German team-mate Marcel Schrotter who took the flag in 30th.

Romano Fenati showed no sign of having been a race winner in the rain this season, as he finished the session 35th and not within the 107% qualifying time rule.


1. Sandro Cortese GER (KTM) 1m 42.989s
2. Danny Kent GBR (KTM) 1m 44.474s
3. Adrian Martin SPA (FTR Honda) 1m 44.489s
4. Jack Miller AUS (Honda) 1m 44.532s
5. Jakub Kornfeil CZE (FTR Honda) 1m 44.585s
6. Brad Binder RSA (Kalex KTM) 1m 44.735s
7. Louis Rossi FRA (FTR Honda) 1m 44.815s
8. Jonas Folger GER (Ioda) 1m 44.893s
9. Luis Salom SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 44.924s
10. Alexis Masbou FRA (Honda) 1m 44.985s
11. Niklas Ajo FIN (KTM) 1m 45.150s
12. Hector Faubel SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 45.372s
13. Alberto Moncayo SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 45.373s
14. Efren Vazquez SPA (FTR Honda) 1m 45.422s
15. Toni Finsterbusch GER (Honda) 1m 45.497s