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Cortese puts KTM firmly back on the map

Following its return to the MotoGP™ world championship, KTM’s official Moto3™ team, Red Bull KTM Ajo, took its first win of the season at Estoril thanks to a fantastic ride from German rider Sandro Cortese.

Cortese, one of the more experienced riders in the Moto3 field at 22 years of age, has been the Austrian manufacturer’s most consistent performer in the early part of the season. He has achieved two pole positions in three races, only missing out on pole at Jerez by a fraction of a second, and on top of his win has finished twice on the third step of the podium.

Cortese now leads the Moto3 championship standings by two points and is heading into the next round at Le Mans with confidence.

Motogp.com caught up with the German contender to talk about KTM’s latest project, and how he is feeling about the season ahead.

"The team has worked extremely hard so far this season to get the KTM bike to the standard it is now. One of our strong points from the start was our excellent top speed. In Qatar the Honda’s were very good and we had to work hard on the bike to get it to the point it is now. One of the things we targeted was stiffening up the chassis, which helped with our results in Jerez and Estoril."

With only three rounds under their belt, Cortese highlights that it is tough to pinpoint any specific areas in need of improvement, as there are still many options open to the team.

"It is such a new bike still, meaning there are a lot of possibilities to make the bike better. There is no one area I could say needs improving. With such a new package you have to take it round by round, and work on the bike according to the track."

Following a thrilling last lap battle at Estoril with his title rival, Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales, Cortese is heading to Le Mans in a buoyant mood.

"The win has certainly given me more confidence. When you achieve something like this, it is something you tend to carry over to the next round. I’m confident for the next race."

He is however refusing to get carried away:"We’re doing everything step-by-step and will look to continue our good run of form."

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Moto3, 2012, Sandro Cortese, Red Bull KTM Ajo

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