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Moto3: Comfortable Cortese wins at Philip Island

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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loobyloo - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 11:46 PM

Petrolbonce go easy! You have a good point but it's one of the official MotoGP facts too, I saw in in their 'racing numbers' news so maybe you are a little hasty in shooting the messenger - don't recall anyone challenging Bautistas win record either, but yes Cortese does have an extra race to throw into the mix, meaning Bautista's figures are technically stronger, 14 poduims each all the same though. Great Moto3 racing as usual hope for a no holds barred finale in Valencia! - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 12:47 PM

Well done, Miguel. FOr quite some time, I thought of Cortese's season as a non worthy of a championship as VInales was doing it all in a champion's style - winning quite often. Cortese was playing it safe and lucky. However, Vinales faultered and Cortese came to the front - and his championship is deserved. But - there is a major factor in it all: the KTM was the bike best from the beginning and it only got better. Vinales did his tantrums, which might bite him back, with some rationale behind it: the Honda was not up to par, and he really couldn't fight for the championship on such a bike. He doesn't excuse his behaviour but justifies it. In conclusuon, with a Honda (which might have some recent upgrade, I don't know) that doesn't compare to the rocket KTM, Miguel Oliveira did - finally! - an excellent race and, in a fellow countryman's mind, he deserved the win this time. OH well! May be in Valencia he will get there.

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