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Moto3: Cortese snatches home win at drying Sachsenring
8 July 2012
By Lisa Lewis
German rider Sandro Cortese took victory on his Red Bull KTM Ajo for round eight of the Moto3 Championship at the Sachsenring on Sunday, his home Grand Prix, taking the lead in the championship by 18 points.
Cortese converted his fourth pole position of the season into the first ever German win since racing returned to the Sachsenring circuit in 1998.
The German spent a large part of the race in the lower half of the top ten and hit the front with ten laps to go. He said in Parc Ferme that winning his home grand prix was an 'unbelievable feeling'.
Heavy rain had arrived just as the Moto3 race grid formed up, forcing a delay to the start of the race, the grid was cleared as the rain slammed down on the track. Standing water was left for the racers to deal with but blue skies appeared after five laps and the conditions continued to improve.
Alexis Masbou took his first podium on the Caretta Technology Honda with second place. Masbou said his success was because he “felt very good with the bike” but “Sandro was a little bit too fast”.
Completing the podium was an angry Luis Salom for RW Racing GP (Kalex KTM). Despite finishing third he parked the bike with a broken screen saying “I break the bike...I destroy the engine...it is not good the second engine is broken”.
Australian Jack Miller rode well from the off in the tricky conditions, keeping in contention for a podium for the duration of the race, his previous wild-card experience at the track and German 125cc championship experience helping him finish fourth, just behind Salom.
Efren Vazquez rode through the pack to finish fifth for the JHK T-Shirt Laglisse team, with Zulfahmi Khairuddin in sixth for AirAsia-Sic-Ajo KTM.
Hector Faubel finished in seventh, but was an impressive ride from the Mapfre Aspar rider as he started the race from pit lane after stalling his bike on the grid.
German wildcard entry Luca Gruenwald finished eighth, while Arthur Sissis was ninth for the Red Bull KTM team. Czech rider Jakub Kornfeil, who has been on the pace all weekend and fastest in the mornings warm up session, finished tenth on the Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta (FTR Honda).
Maverick Vinales started from 24th after his worst ever qualifying session, but looked poised to salvage a few points.
However Vinales eventually ended up being raced back to 17th aboard the Blusens Avintia FTR Honda, only just ahead of British Mahindra rider Danny Webb in 18th.
Fellow Brit Danny Kent entered the pits with 12 laps to go with a problem with his Red Bull KTM Ajo, he rejoined the race but retired in the latter stages.
Louis Rossi ended Racing Team Germany's home grand prix in the gravel when he crashed out from fifth with two laps to go.
Adrian Martin was a frontrunner for most of the race but crashed out from fourth on his JHK T-Shirt Laglisse with 7 laps to go. South African rider Brad Binder also crashed out after running well two laps later.
The Moto3 championship continues next weekend when the racing heads to Mugello, Italy.
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