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Moto3: Cortese on pole after Indianapolis crash-fest

Sandro Cortese takes pole position ahead of his team mate Danny Kent in a KTM one-two during an accident filled session which was red-flagged twice; Vinales in third.
By Lisa Lewis

Sandro Cortese has taken pole position aboard his Red Bull KTM Ajo in the Indianapolis Moto3 qualifying session at the Brickyard on Saturday in a twice red-flagged session after Hector Faubel's huge high side and a late Alex Marquez crash.

The session was red-flagged with 33 minutes remaining after Mapfre Aspar rider Faubel crashed in the final corner of the circuit, the 29 year old lightweight class veteran was put in the ambulance on a stretcher and taken to the medical centre and later hospital for checks after feeling chest and back pain.

Danny Kent led the way when the session restarted and continued to stay out front for much of its remainder, only to be ousted from the top spot in the dying minutes when Cortese posted a time of 1:48.545. There were to be no last minute flying laps to surpass the Germans time as the session was then red-flagged again for debris with 23 seconds remaining as Alex Marquez crashed and was hit by his own bike in the final corner, but walked away without serious injury.

Maverick Vinales completes the front row for Sundays race for Blusens Avintia (FTR Honda) after finishing the session third.

Luis Salom was fourth for the RW racing GP Team (Kalex KTM) ahead of Malaysian rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin in fifth on the AirAsia-Sic-Ajo KTM. Alex Rins qualified sixth for the Estrella Galicia team.

An obviously frustrated Efren Vazquez was left to rue the red flag being deployed just as he crossed the line to set a time that would have been good enough to snatch the top spot, the animated JHK Laglisse rider forced to settle for seventh.

Italian rookie Romano Fenati quietly worked away all session finishing a credible eighth for Team Italia FMI, while Alberto Moncayo qualified ninth in his first ride for the Andalucia JHK Laglisse team after leaving Mapfre Aspar and Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil completes the top ten.

Portuguese rider Miguel Oliveira finished eleventh,while Jonas Folger was fifteenth on his Mapfre Aspar debut.

Australian Jack Miller crashed early in the session and collected Adrian Martin as he fell. The Caretta Technology man was later diagnosed with a fractured left collarbone, his third collarbone injury of the season. He had done enough at that point to qualify 18th.

British rider Danny Webb had a big crash late in the session, he walked away clutching his arm and was almost hit by his still moving Mahindra bike, he qualified 27th.

Alex Marquez crashed three times in the session, the second time while trying to keep pace with Vinales, and then again resulting in the later red flag. Despite this he finished the session 20th for his first race for the Ambrogio Next racing team.


1. Sandro Cortese GER (KTM) 1m 48.545s
2. Danny Kent GBR (KTM) 1m 48.628s
3. Maverick ViƱales SPA (FTR Honda) 1m 48.643s
4. Luis Salom SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 48.990s
5. Zulfahmi Khairuddin MAL (KTM) 1m 49.024s
6. Alex Rins SPA (Suter Honda) 1m 49.045s
7. Efren Vazquez SPA (FTR Honda) 1m 49.074s
8. Romano Fenati ITA (FTR Honda) 1m 49.324s
9. Alberto Moncayo SPA (Kalex KTM) 1m 49.332s
10. Jakub Kornfeil CZE (FTR Honda) 1m 49.334s
11. Miguel Oliveira POR (Suter Honda) 1m 49.397s
12. Alexis Masbou FRA (Honda) 1m 49.492s
13. Alessandro Tonucci ITA (FTR Honda) 1m 49.605s
14. Louis Rossi FRA (FTR Honda) 1m 49.610s
15. Jonas Folger GER (Kalex KTM) 1m 49.656s

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clurpr - Unregistered

August 18, 2012 7:43 PM

Nice job from the KTM boys, but what is with Alex Marquez, goes down 3 times in ONE session and then almost causes another crash with Olivera because he is a blind fool like his brother. Seems to be a danger to other riders at the moment!

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