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Moto3: Calculating Cortese storms to Phillip Island win

28 October 2012

By Lisa Lewis

Moto3 world champion Sandro Cortese took his fifth win of the season by 2.108s at Phillip Island on Sunday, marking his first ever back-to-back victories and equaling Maverick Vinales for race wins this year.

Hailing it “the best weekend of the whole year” Cortese also equals the record for the most lightweight podiums in a season (14) set by Alvaro Bautista in 2006 and also matched by Nico Terol in his 125cc championship runner-up year.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo rider timed his move to the front with perfection, with only Portuguese Suter Honda rider Miguel Oliveira to concern him over the closing stages, the Estrella Galicia rider eventually settling for second.

Oliveira said that he managed his best ever result even though he “couldn't get the grip he wanted” adding that the race had been “a lot of fun”.

The battle for the final podium spot came down to the line with third-to-sixth places within a tenth of each other.

Home rider and Cortese's team-mate Arthur Sissis snatched the position scoring a best ever result, the Australian saying in parc ferme that he was “really happy – I was screaming in my helmet”.

Crossing the line fourth was Oliveira's Spanish team-mate Alex Rins who increases his lead over Team Italia's Romano Fenati to five points in their battle for rookie of the year.

Fenati was just behind in sixth, with Danny Kent finishing between the rivals for the Red Bull KTM team.

The fabric of the race was changed early on when it was announced that Jonas Folger (Mapfre Aspar) Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) Alberto Moncayo (Andalucia JHK t-Shirt Laglisse) Louis Rossi (Racing Team Germany) and Jack Miller (Caretta Technology) had all been handed ride-through penalties for jump starts, Rossi then added to his woes by riding off track as the penalty was announced.

Folger recovered to finish 11th with Salom also recovering a point to help him in his bid to retain second in the championship.

Team Italia FMI rider Alessandro Tonucci was seventh, while Efren Vazquez front row start lead to an eighth place finish for the Laglisse team.

Alex Marquez took the flag in ninth for the Ambrogio Next team with Isaac Vinales finishing in the top ten for Ongetta-Centro Seta.

Also in the points were Adrian Martin in 12th ( T-shirt Laglisse) Jakub Kornfeil in 13th (Redo- Ongetta-Centro Seta) and Brad Binder (RW Racing) in 14th.

Zulfahmi Khairuddin's 50th Grand Prix start ended with the bike locking up and throwing him off after seeming to have a techical issue earlier in the lap.

Maverick Vinales also had an eventful race, crashing out at Siberia on the Blusens Avintia with eight laps to go, he returned to the pits with his fairing hanging off and the ECU broken.

John McPhee was 19th for Caretta Technology KRP Honda, wild-card and fellow Brit Sam Clarke 25th for Frontline GP Racing while Danny Webb withdrew earlier in the weekend due to a lack of spare parts for his Mahindra.

Gresini's Niccolo Antonelli was declared unfit to race after his accident in the third free practice session.


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