Cortese storms to Assen pole position

Friday, 29 June 2012

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese will start tomorrow’s Iveco TT Assen from pole position after setting the quickest time this afternoon in front of teammate Danny Kent and Niccolò Antonelli.

With a time of 1.43’645, Cortese threw down the gauntlet for the forthcoming race, relegating Kent into second place, who recorded his first ever front row start in his Grand Prix career. San Carlo Gresini Moto3’s Antonelli was another rider to get his first ever front row start in his rookie year, after having shown great pace all weekend.

Fourth spot went to Bankia Aspar’s Héctor Faubel, who started the session slowly, yet came into his stride towards the end. Lining up next to him in fifth is TT Motion Events Racing’s Niklas Ajo, who has looked resurgent ever since arriving at the Dutch circuit. Sixth place is occupied by Blusens Avintia’s championship leader Maverick Viñales, who was unable to add to his string of pole positions this season.

Caretta Technology’s Alexis Masbou starts tomorrow’s race from seventh, after putting in yet another solid performance in the afternoon session. Alongside him in eighth is Estrella Galicia 0,0’s Miguel Oliveira, in front of Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta’s Jakub Kornfeil in ninth, who was running close to the top in the early stages. RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom completes the top ten, and will be hoping to resolve some set-up issues, which hindered his qualifying slightly.

IodaRacing Project’s Jonas Folger was unable to go head out in this afternoon’s qualifying session as his team was unable to fix a mechanical issue that kept him out of the morning’s practice as well. JHK T-Shirt Laglisse’s Efrén Vázquez suffered a heavy crash 15 minutes before the end, yet managed to regroup and head out for the final few minutes, ending up in 24th.

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