Cortese leads final free practice at Czech GP

Saturday, 25 August 2012

In the final free practice ahead of qualifying at the bwin Grand Prix České republiky it was Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese who led the way ahead of Maverick Viñales and Danny Kent.

Under threatening skies yet ideal track temperatures the Moto3™ grid lowered their times significantly over yesterday’s runs on a scorching hot track, and it was Cortese who came out on top with the fastest practice time so far with a 2.08’372, less than a tenth ahead of nearest championship rival, Blusens Avintia’s Viñales. The pair looked on ominous form, with third placed Kent, Cortese’s teammate, over five tenths behind them in third.

AirAsia-SIC-Ajo’s Zulfahmi Khairuddin put in a great performance to place his bike fourth in the morning session, while Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Jakub Kornfeil gave the home fans something to cheer about once more as he recorded the fifth fastest time. Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3’s Jonas Folger, now a regular in the ten once more, placed sixth, although over 1.3s off his compatriot at the front. Team Italia FMI’s Alessandro Tonucci slotted in behind him, seemingly very much at home on the Czech track.

JHK T-Shirt Laglisse’s Adrián Martín, Folger’s teammate Héctor Faubel and Team Italia’s Romano Fenati completed the top ten. Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Alex Rins was an early crasher in the session, yet walked away unhurt. It was however Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Isaac Viñales who didn’t fare so well after a big crash, fracturing his left ankle, rendering him unfit for the race.

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