His second-place finish in the moto3 class race at the aragon grands prix in alcaniz brought the berkheimer a step closer to the world championship title again. The KTM rider now has a 51-point lead, which is more than two race victories.
"I do not feel well. I'm cold, I have a cold and I only drink tea," cortese said, lowering his expectations. But his mood brightened even before the start of the day. His worst rival in the world championship, maverick vinales, couldn't get his honda going on the opening lap, kicked his bike in a rage and then hid in his box. So the way was free for many additional points.
At extremely low temperatures a lot was demanded from man and motorcycle. Cortese showed fighting qualities, was always among the top five and finally fought for the victory, which was finally won by the spanish rider luis salom. After his second win of the season, he is now second in the world championships, 51 points behind the leader.
"I am not completely satisfied, wanted to win. But due to the illness I lacked the strength for an attack in the last two rounds," said cortese, who now wants to make his world championship title perfect in ubersee. "51 points on salom and 66 on vinales are very comfortable. I hope I can take it home," said the 22-year-old italo swabian, who was born in 13. The result was the twelfth podium finish of the season.
Jonas folger was also happy about the result. For the first time in his career and as the youngest german in the history of the world championship, the rider from schwindegg had taken pole position. After a nerve-racking race, in which he even found himself in eleventh place at one point, he finished in third place. "That was extremely difficult. I had to take a big risk with the slowdown maneuvers, but it was worth it. It was my toughest race so far," said the bayer.
Stefan bradl had also made his mark in the motogp class, starting from fifth place. He had also tested on this track for two days in similar rough conditions. In the sixth round, bradl was in third place, but then slipped away due to a too-late brake maneuver and crashed. He couldn't get his honda going again. "It was clearly my fault, I made a mistake," admitted the swabian, who had felt very comfortable in the first few laps. "But then i was probably too impatient, especially as the front tire never really warmed up in the right-hand corners," the 22-year-old says. The race was won by daniel pedrosa from spain ahead of world championship leader jorge lorenzo.
Spanish rider marc marquez rides towards world championship victory in the moto2 class with a similar level of confidence as cortese. He finished second behind his compatriot pol espargaro and has a lead of 48 points over him. Marcel schrotter from pflugdorf came as 20. Into the finish.