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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Sep 11 2017
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Cortese storms to 6th in the rain of Misano & Strong 12th place for De Angelis

Sandro Cortese kept his head cool in the rainy San Marino Grand Prix and got rewarded with a 6th place and with that his best result of the season. Local hero, Alex De Angelis fought through the tricky conditions and claimed a strong 12th position, besides a crash.
The weather forecast had already threatened that it would rain on Sunday of the San Marino Grand Prix. And that's exactly what happened - for the first time in 10 years it rained on a MotoGP weekend in Misano!
In the Warm-up, Sandro Cortese already showed with a 7th place, that he can handle the tricky conditions. At the start of the 26-lap race, the 27-year-old lost several positions but came back with faster lap times closing up and battling with Fabio Quartararo. While a large number of riders crashed out, it was essential to stay on the bike, crossing the finish line. Sandro did well, even though his Suter almost catapult him off with a high-sider. With this 6th place, the German finally brings home some championship points and can now look towards Aragon with strengthened self-confidence.
Although not crash-less, but still able to ride, Alex De Angelis reached the finish line of his home race in the fabulous 12th place. The 33-year-old guest starter of the Dynavolt Intact GP team first destroyed his windshield after a near high-sider at the beginning of the San Marino thriller. Later on, he crashed trying to catch up with Stefano Manzi, but could continue. Finally, he even became 12fth and finished off a very positive weekend with the racing team from Memmingen.
The penultimate round of the year on European soil will take place in Aragon from 22nd to 24th of September in two weeks time. After heading to Asia for three weeks, the final of the 2017 season will be held in Valencia.
1. Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / SUTER
2. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX
World Standing
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 223
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 214
3. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 155
4. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 141
5. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 124
6. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 109
7. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 104
8. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 88
9. CORSI Simone / ITA / 86
10. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 66
11. MARINI Luca / ITA / 59
12. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 56
13. BINDER Brad / RSA / 56
14. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 50
15. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 44
16. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 41
17. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 39
18. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 28
19. GARDNER Remy / AUS / 17
20. PONS Axel / SPA / 17
Sandro Cortese
It was a really tough race today. My primary goal was to stay on the bike and that worked out well. At the beginning I struggled a lot because I always got a bad response from the bike when I went on the gas, which meant I couldn't accelerate the way I wanted. Generally it was a fantastic race for me. I remained calm, after I followed the Moto3 race, I knew we had to make sure to cross the finish line first and if we did, we could have a good race. This is our best result this season and it was about time.
 Alex De Angelis
I am happy to have made it into classification after the crash, because I still got some points and that is important for me and for the team also. I believe I did a good job this weekend, I gave them a lot of information and focused on helping them to develop the bike. I am sorry for the crash during the race. We knew from this morning, that the asphalt condition was terrible. I was trying to get a top ten result in that moment, I didn't push too much, but today it was so easy to go over the limit and crash. Unfortunately I made this mistake, but I'm happy I was able to re-join the race and bring home some points. The team I worked with this weekend is really nice and super professional and I enjoyed to ride for them and would like to thank everybody.
Jürgen Lingg
I did expect a lot from Sandro today and I was pretty sure that if he pulls through, he could have a good result. I am happy he made it through and the result is great. He rode a smart race, unfortunately he got stuck in traffic at the beginning, which cost him a lot of time, otherwise he surely could have been even better, but it is tough in these conditions with all the spray. I am happy as this is his best result so far.
Alex made it really interesting today. He absorbed a high-sider in the first lap without crashing but smashing his windscreen and so he rode the whole race without a screen. Respect for that. He then found a really good rhythm and improved each lap and had good lap times. Unfortunately he crashed again but managed to pick up the bike quickly and re-joined the race, even getting some points. We really have to say that Alex was a great support for us this weekend. He provided us with a lot of Information that we will be able to use. He did a fantastic job and we are truly happy and satisfied.
Source: www.intactgp.de