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Cortese: “We’ve had a really tough year”

Cortese: “We’ve had a really tough year”

A late charge in the Motul Grand Prix of Japan sees Sandro Cortese score his second podium in the intermediate class.

It was a difficult start to proceedings at the Japanese GP for all riders in the World Championship; Warm Up was delayed by two hours due to weather conditions. This resulted in Warm Up being reduced to just ten minutes, all the Moto2™ World Championship riders forced to learn the wet circuit in just five laps. Dynavolt Intact GP’s Sandro Cortese adapted quickly, ending Warm Up in fourth position. Cortese had been strong during the British GP in the wet and was determined to push in Japan, having learnt from his mistakes in Silverstone.

The opening lap of the race saw the German end down in 11th position, slowly picking his way through the field in the following laps. Many riders, such as Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), saw their front tyres fade significantly as the Motegi circuit began to dry but Cortese had judged it perfectly. With two laps to go the German seized third, pushing hard to open up a gap of two seconds to fourth. Fellow German Jonas Folger (AGR Team) finished just ahead in second, the German duo sharing the podium for the first time since the Malaysian GP in 2012, where Cortese won the Moto3™ race.

Sandro Cortese: “It was very special. I was surprised because this morning I was already running very well in the Warm Up with only ten minutes to get the feeling for the bike. Yes I was already good in Silverstone in the rain but I lost too much in the beginning so I said ‘Ok if it’s raining I’ll take the chance and risk more’ then maybe I can fight more and get some positions. Then I see in the last five laps I have a really good speed and I can go for the podium. So I try to keep my speed high, I’m so happy as we’ve had a really tough year with up and downs and we finally have the podium. It’s good because it’s the first race of the three and next week we head to Phillip Island and Sepang. For me Phillip Island is my favourite track so it can’t be a better moment to get the podium!”

Moto2, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, RAC, Sandro Cortese, Dynavolt Intact GP

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