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Phillip Island pole for charging Cortese

Phillip Island pole for charging Cortese

In a Moto3™ qualifying session that was affected by light rain towards the end at the AirAsia Australian Grand Prix at Phillip Island it was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese who took pole position ahead of Jonas Folger and Efrén Vázquez.

The newly crowned Moto3™ World Champion did not hold back, as he continued to demonstrate why he deserves the title. And his pole-position lap of 1.38’334 did just that, as he beat his nearest challenger, Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Folger, by almost four tenths. The German duo up front looks a formidable pair, having been consistently fast all weekend. Joining them on the front of the grid is JHK t-shirt Laglisse’s Vázquez, who pulled something out of the bag just before rain flags were shown with 16 minutes left in the session.

Red Bull’s Danny Kent looks to have made the number four spot his own this weekend, with the Brit lining up first on the second row tomorrow. Despite being over eight tenths off the front, he will be hoping for good race pace to challenge for the podium. Next to him in fifth is AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin, with Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira completing the second row. Red Bull’s Australian rookie Arthur Sissis was seventh, whilst next to him, Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales could not find the pace the front runners were showing, and finished the day in eighth, just over one second off the top.

The start will however be an interesting one, as alongside him in ninth is his challenger, RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom, with whom he is fighting for second in the championship. Team Italia FMI’s Alessandro Tonucci completed the top ten. Technomag-CIP-TSR’s Alan Techer was an early crasher, followed by Oliveira’s teammate Alex Rins and Moto FGR’s Josep Rodriguez. Rodriguez was taken to the medical centre with hip pain, where he underwent x-rays. He was confirmed with soft tissue pain, and will have his race fitness assessed tomorrow morning.


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