Saturday, October 27


UNDERLINING his superiority this season, German Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto3 rider Sandro Cortese took pole position in a see-sawing battle with countryman Jonas Folger at Phillip Island on Saturday.

Despite wrapping up the inaugural Moto3 Championship at Sepang, Malaysia last Sunday, Cortese did not hold back, demonstrating why he deserves the title.   

His pole-position lap of 1m 38.334s was faster than last year’s 125 GP pole time of 1m 39.207s set by Frenchman Johann Zarco but well outside the 125GP pole record set in 2006 by Finn Mikka Kalio at 1m 36.625s.

The Moto3 class, which uses 250cc single cylinder four-stroke engines, replaced the old 125 GP class this year. 

Cortese’s pole time this year was almost four tenths of a second better than the time set by Folger on the Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 Kalex KTM.

Joining them on the front of the grid is JHK t-shirt Laglisse’s Vázquez, who managed a 1m 39.179s lap just before rain flags were shown with 16 minutes remaining in the session.

Cortese and Zarco were the only Moto3 riders to break the 1m 39s barrier in Phillip Island qualifying.

After storming out on the Blusens Avinta team prior to the Malaysian GP, early season Moto3 challenger Mavrick Vinales was back in action at Phillip Island, putting the team’s FTR Honda eighth on the grid, just behind Aussie teenager Arthur Sissis (Red Bull KTM Ajo)