Moto3™ madness heads to Mugello with Cortese in the lead

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

The Moto3™ grid will once again face off at the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM at Mugello this coming weekend with Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese in the championship lead once again.

The German, now 18 points ahead of Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales, put in a dominant performance in the wet and mixed conditions ahead of his home crowd, and will undoubtedly be carrying a lot of confidence into the next round. Viñales on the other hand had a weekend to forget, after qualifying in 24th and finishing 17th. The Spaniard will however look back to his performance at the track last year, where he fought his way onto the third step of the podium.

RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom, who recorded another podium in Germany, was less than happy after the race, sighting an engine problem, which he felt cost him a win. Salom is showing ever more confidence and desire to run at the top, making him one to watch, as he looks to fight his way higher than third in the championship. Caretta Technology’s Alexis Masbou, who broke his podium duck at the Sachsenring may have started a new run of form, and will be one of the favourites for Mugello to run up at the front.

Team Italia FMI’s Romano Fenati still lies in fifth in the championship, despite finishing at the back last time out with a problem. However, as the Moto3 class heads to Italy, Fenati will no doubt be aiming to put on a good show for his home fans. AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin will once again be hunting for his first Grand Prix podium, while Racing Team Germany’s Louis Rossi will hope for no bike reliability issues this time out, as he has been looking strong in the previous rounds.

Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins did not have a very successful Sachsenring race and will hope for a reversal of fortunes in Mugello, whilst Cortese’s teammate Danny Kent, who had been in terrific form before suffering a bike issue, will be wishing for the same. San Carlo Gresini Moto3’s Niccolò Antonelli has been a consistent performer after a slow season start, yet will be aiming for results a little higher up the pecking order, especially in front of his local support. There will also be one change in the rider line-up as Marcel Schrotter is replaced by 27-year-old Italian Championship rider Riccardo Moretti.

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