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Cortese eyeing Jerez podium

Cortese eyeing Jerez podium

The German rider talked about how he sees 2012 shaping up following the start of the campaign, Maverick Viñales and Romano Fenati, KTM, and the next round at Jerez in an interview with

Red Bull KTM Ajo rider Sandro Cortese got the 2012 Moto3™ season off to a strong start with a podium finish in Qatar, and in an interview with the German spoke about his thoughts ahead of the second round at Jerez as well as his impressions of how the new campaign started.

Pole and a podium in Qatar, but you had probably hoped to be closer to the front two?
“That was the only thing I didn't like about the first race. To get on the podium after taking pole position was fantastic, but to lose 18 seconds in the race to Viñales – around a second a lap – was fairly disappointing. However, we worked hard on the bike, we found something to improve it every day, and because of that I'm confident heading into the next few races.”

Jerez – is it a circuit that will suit your riding style better, or will it be a case of having to adapt the bike?
“For me it's more about adapting the bike. Things vary from team to team, depending on who finds the best setting. It's still the case that nobody really knows how this new category functions exactly. Viñales may not be as strong as he was in Qatar, and we could be a lot faster from the first practice. Obviously my aim is to be on the podium again, and of course to fight for victory if it's possible.”

Without doubt Viñales was a favourite for the title, but did you expect Fenati to be that strong from the start?
“After the official Test I was expecting it. Right now the Honda FTR machines are really strong. If we look back at the Qatar GP we can see that (Louis) Rossi, with the same bike, was also very strong. The bike appears to be easy to ride. We're going well with regards to top speed, but there's still something missing. With my team and with Aki's (Ajo) experience we'll find our maximum, if not at Jerez then at Estoril and, at the very latest, Le Mans.”

After the first race what impression had the Moto3 category made on you?
“It's a little strange... There are a lot of riders at the front, and I genuinely did not expect that. The bike is simple to ride, it's not overly aggressive like a 125, but to be really competitive there is still a lot of work to be done.”

You're a Bayern Munich fan. What would you prefer; the Champions League for your team or the Moto3 title for yourself?!
“I was at the stadium for the game against Real Madrid this week! It was amazing, but between the two I'd choose the Moto3 title!”

Moto3, 2012, Sandro Cortese, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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