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Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Aug 28 2017
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No luck for Cortese in Silverstone & Top performance of Dixon on home soil.
 
A tough England weekend for Sandro Cortese showed no mercy in the race on Sunday, where the Dynavolt Intact GP rider crashed out four laps before the end. Local hero Jake Dixon once again demonstrated his steep development at his Moto2 guest appearance with the 25th place in sunny Silverstone.
 
Since the summer break Sandro Cortese seems to go through a bad patch. After two zero point rounds in Brno and in Spielberg, he also had to leave Silverstone empty handed. However, unlike the two previous events, where the 27-year-old had bad luck in the race, but did well in the practice sessions, it did not work for him in England from the beginning. He could not develop an optimal feeling for his 600cc machine and the bumpy course, so he had to push on the limit in the race at positions 19 to 20. In the second half of the 18-lap-battle, he went with similar times as in the top ten, but at the end he lost the front in turn 16 and the race was over.
 
In the Championship standings the German kept position 18, while teammate Marcel Schrötter slipped to 15th place after three missed races. The team and the still injured 24-year-old now hope that he will sit back on his Suter at the San Marino Grand Prix in Italy in a fortnight’s time.
 
Marcel's substitute rider, Jake Dixon, used his unique opportunity to convince the MotoGP paddock of his talent. In just three days he improved steadily and picked up in the race. With a 2'09.089 he even did his fastest time of the weekend. In an exciting two-man fight with Augusto Fernandez he came out on top. 25th place in his Moto2 World Championship debut was an outstanding achievement of the fast Brit, who will return to the Silverstone Ciruit in two weeks time and continue to fight for the title of the British Superbike Championship.
 
 
Race:
1. Takaaki NAKAGAMI / JPN / KALEX
2. Mattia PASINI / ITA / KALEX
3. Franco MORBIDELLI / ITA / KALEX
25. Jake DIXON / GBR / SUTER
- Sandro CORTESE / GER / SUTER
 
Championship:
1. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 223
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 194
3. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 155
4. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 141
5. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 111
6. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 104
7. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 104
8. CORSI Simone / ITA / 78
9. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 63
10. MARINI Luca / ITA / 59
11. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 55
12. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 50
13. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 50
14. BINDER Brad / RSA / 45
15. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 44
16. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 39
17. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 32
18. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 18
19. PONS Axel / SPA 17
20. SIMEON Xavier BEL 16
 
Sandro Cortese
The weekend was to forget. I had to push very hard to reach my lap times. I was at the limit all the time and just did not feel comfortable on the bike. The fact is that no matter what I do, nothing is really paying off. It lacks the lightness and I cannot ride in a relaxed way, since the feeling doesn't build up. After that I crash in a position where I wouldn't be normally, like it happened today and I do not know why. It is a difficult situation.
 
Jake Dixon
Obviously you always want more as a racer. In the early laps I lost a couple of seconds to the group in front. But then I caught them back and I started to make inroads in the group from 20th to where I was. I was able to make good process but it came to a point where I hit a limit and I couldn't go quicker.
It was a good experience. It was hard to jump back from the Superbike to the 600. But with given more time I think I can be at the front of this class. At the minute I wasn't able to get the best out of the bike. But like I said with time and getting used to the tyres, the chassis, everything, I think we would definitely be a lot better.
The team was fantastic and Jürgen (Lingg - Team Manager) has been absolutely amazing with me. Also a thank you to Patrick (Mellauner - Crew Chief), Tomy (Wegscheider - Mechanic) and Felix (Kertzscher - Mechanic). It was an incredible weekend and hopefully we can one day come back together and have some good success.
 
Jürgen Lingg
We made another change at Sandro's Bike, which made him feel better. It took him a while to get used to it and until his times were acceptable. But unfortunately he crashed. That was a shame.
Jake did a great job. We're honestly impressed and it's really fun with him. He improved again in the race and had a great battle with Fernandez. I'm sure he just needs a certain amount of time, and then he would do big steps. He has never ridden a Moto2 bike, never with these tyres and that makes it so hard. Jake has improved session by session, his comments were very clear. In my opinion, he should get a chance in this paddock. I am confident that he can do it much better.
 
Source: www.intactgp.de
 
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