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Cortese reviews 2014 and looks ahead to forthcoming season

Cortese reviews 2014 and looks ahead to forthcoming season

The 2012 Moto3™ World Champion Sandro Cortese spent his second season in the intermediate class this year and notched his first podium at Brno. The German rider reflects on the progress made over the last 12 months and remains positive as he looks ahead to the 2015 campaign.

Had you hoped for more at the beginning of the year and how was the 2014 season from your point of view?

“It was a very difficult season for us. Nevertheless, we also had some successes. Of course we had hoped for a better season after the great winter testing. But there were things coming in between that have made the whole thing very difficult. Nevertheless, we have always fought and tried to catch up to the top. In the second half of the season we have done a great job. Except from a few races where it didn't work out so well. The second half of the season has shown where we belong. We had been within the top 5, top 6 many times. The trend was clearly upwards. Before the season, the goal was to finish in the top 10. In the last race I lost one position. However, the result was single digit, which was our big goal.”

Was it very difficult for you to stay motivated after the injury in Qatar and some difficult races?

“Sure, the injury had thrown me back extremely, especially mentally. I have always tried to be back at the front. I have fought my way out of the hole. This has helped me in general in my life. To come back from a serious injury, made me even stronger at the end. Of course, I had been criticized a lot throughout the season. I also had to learn to deal with this. First and foremost I am glad that I can still ride races. If I had not had the Dainese boots, my career would have ended in Doha. That's why you have to say, ok, that was hard, but thank God that I'm alright again.”

After the summer break, it looked as if your losing streak ended. Was there a key moment for you, or an experience where you thought, "Now things are looking up"?

“Sure, the two races at Indy and Brno changed a lot. The sixth place and the podium were really great results. This was followed by races which were good and some not so good. But on the whole, I think next year we can build on this second half of the season.”

In Jerez at the test the 2015 season started for you and your team. What's new on your bike and how were your first impressions?

“The first impression of the new Kalex was very good. I coped well immediately. There was no huge difference so far, but we have a good base. Nevertheless, we still have to test a few more days to make a comparison, because the few days in Jerez were very rainy.”

How will you prepare for the new season during the two-month winter break?

“The plan is clearly to get back to the same fitness level as I was at last winter. I have lost a lot of muscular mass after the injury. I have a very good conditioning coach and a very good fitness team behind me, who help me to be well prepared for the new season. Of course I will also do Supermoto and Motocross training. I try to ride as much as possible.”

Moto2, 2015

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