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Geplaatst door Bart van Abeelen (babeelen) op Oct 24 2016
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Back on the podium! Strong Cortese in 3rd place on Phillip Island
 
Sandro Cortese finished one of his strongest Moto2 races in third place. Jonas Folger fought through the Australian Grand Prix with grip problems, but was able to take home ten points.
 
After his second best Qualifying Practice this season, which he finished in fourth place, and a third place during Warm Up, hopes were up high for Sandro Cortese before the race had even started.
 
During the first lap of the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix Sandro fell back into tenth place, but with lap times that were approximately half a second faster than those of the other riders, he managed to fight his way back to the leading group seven laps before the end of the race. Only a few hundreds of a second were between the 26 year-old and a possible second place or even a first Moto2 victory. In the end he finished in a confident 3rd place behind Tom Lüthi and Franco Morbidelli.
 
Dynavolt Intact GP colleague Jonas Folger was not as happy with the process of the race. Even though he went into the first lap in second place, he realized quickly that he didn't have a chance to keep up with the pace of the others. With grip problems in the corners the 23 year-old nevertheless managed to finish the 25 laps in place six. With another 10 points earned this meant he maintained his seventh place in the world championship ranking.
 
It was the fourth podium for Sandro Cortese on his favorite track on Phillip Island, the third podium in Moto2 and the first podium of a difficult 2016 season. After a knee injury and a few unlucky races, the 26 year-old fought back during the second half of the year. After a very good fifth place in Japan last week, he triumphed in Australia today an brought home 16 points, leaving him in place thirteen in the world championship.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Race:
1. Thomas LUTHI / SWI / KALEX
2. Franco MORBIDELLI / ITA / KALEX
3. Sandro CORTESE / GER / KALEX
6. Jonas FOLGER / GER / KALEX
 
Standings:
1. ZARCO Johann / FRA / 226
2. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 204
3. RINS Alex / SPA / 201
4. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 177
5. LOWES Sam / GBR / 162
6. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 159
7. FOLGER Jonas / GER / 143
8. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 112
9. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 106
10. CORSI Simone / ITA / 93
11. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 71
12. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 63
13. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 61
14. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 60
15. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 58
16. PONS Axel / SPA / 55
17. SIMEON Xavier / BEL / 45
18. SIMON Julian / SPA / 40
19. SALOM Luis / SPA / 37
20. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 33
 
Jonas Folger
Starting from the first lap it was clear to me that I won't be able to compete. I lost far too much time from the mid point to the exit of the turns. I had problems with the grip of the back wheel in every turn, accompanied by extremely high spinning. The 25 laps on a whole were really hard. Of course I still tried to make it a good race. At first view the data looks good, but the movement of the chassis tells a different story. All in all there was too much movement on the back of the bike. The race has been a real disappointment for me.
 
Sandro Cortese
I had a really good feeling today and really set my mind on the podium. The whole weekend has been great. We were already in third position this morning. I was going at good speed and able to catch up with the leading riders. My plans to keep up with them however were smashed right after the start. I think I fell back to twelfth position during the first lap. It took some time for me to work back towards the front of the field. When I finally managed to get through the different groups of riders I managed to catch up with Takaaki (Nakagami) and the others. I was back at the their heels for the last seven laps and had a good pace, but when I reached the top two the race was already over. I am thrilled about being on the podium, having had a really though season with a few injuries, lots of bad luck and also mistakes from my side.  Last week in Japan has already been great, finishing in fifth place. I was finally able to prove that I can make it onto the podium and can take these two results back to Malaysia and Valencia. It will be important to achieve good results in the last two races in order to improve my overall position and start confidently next season.
 
Jürgen Lingg

It has been a good race and result for the team today, even though Jonas is disappointed with his performance. It has been an amazing day for Sandro - he would have been able to win the race, going at the speed he did. I am really happy for him and his crew after this difficult year. They really deserve this and it is good for everyone's spirit. He felt comfortable and brought home a great result. We are more than happy with third place. 

Souce: www.intactgp.de

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