2012 Sachsenring Moto3 Qualifying Practice Result: Pole Secured With Flying Last Lap In A Downpour

Results and summary of qualifying for the Moto3 class at the Sachsenring:

Sandro Cortese has secured his fourth pole of the season and his second on the bounce, posting a withering lap in the final moments to take the front spot on the grid, snatching it from teammate Danny Kent. Cortese's lap was doubly impressive because of the torrential conditions it was posted in, the rain having fallen heavily since the end of Moto2 practice this morning. The German was delighted, as were the fans who braved the atrocious conditions to watch Cortese take pole for his home Grand Prix.

Adrian Martin will line up alongside the two Red Bull KTMs on the front row for tomorrow's Moto3 race, while Jack Miller heads up row two, the Australian having been strong throughout qualifying, despite running off track a couple of times as he pushed hard. Jakub Kornfeil grabbed 5th, another good result in a strong weekend, while RW Racing's Brad Binder with start from 6th on the grid, the best ever qualifying position for the South African Rookie.

The weather played havoc for the championship favorites: Maverick Vinales will start from the 8th row of the grid, having qualified in 24th, while Italian revelation Romano Fenati failed to post a time inside the 107% qualifying cutoff time, only making the grid on the back of the times he set during free practice.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Time Diff Diff Previous
1 11 Sandro CORTESE KTM 1'42.989    
2 52 Danny KENT KTM 1'44.474 1.485 1.485
3 26 Adrian MARTIN FTR HONDA 1'44.489 1.500 0.015
4 8 Jack MILLER HONDA 1'44.532 1.543 0.043
5 84 Jakub KORNFEIL FTR HONDA 1'44.585 1.596 0.053
6 41 Brad BINDER KALEX KTM 1'44.735 1.746 0.150
7 96 Louis ROSSI FTR HONDA 1'44.815 1.826 0.080
8 94 Jonas FOLGER IODA 1'44.893 1.904 0.078
9 39 Luis SALOM KALEX KTM 1'44.924 1.935 0.031
10 10 Alexis MASBOU HONDA 1'44.985 1.996 0.061
11 31 Niklas AJO KTM 1'45.150 2.161 0.165
12 55 Hector FAUBEL KALEX KTM 1'45.372 2.383 0.222
13 23 Alberto MONCAYO KALEX KTM 1'45.373 2.384 0.001
14 7 Efren VAZQUEZ FTR HONDA 1'45.422 2.433 0.049
15 9 Toni FINSTERBUSCH HONDA 1'45.497 2.508 0.075
16 43 Luca GRUENWALD HONDA 1'45.625 2.636 0.128
17 53 Jasper IWEMA FGR HONDA 1'45.650 2.661 0.025
18 27 Niccolò ANTONELLI FTR HONDA 1'45.705 2.716 0.055
19 89 Alan TECHER TSR HONDA 1'45.795 2.806 0.090
20 63 Zulfahmi KHAIRUDDIN KTM 1'45.939 2.950 0.144
21 61 Arthur SISSIS KTM 1'46.002 3.013 0.063
22 99 Danny WEBB MAHINDRA 1'46.046 3.057 0.044
23 15 Simone GROTZKYJ SUTER HONDA 1'46.173 3.184 0.127
24 25 Maverick VIÑALES FTR HONDA 1'46.602 3.613 0.429
25 32 Isaac VIÑALES FTR HONDA 1'46.772 3.783 0.170
26 19 Alessandro TONUCCI FTR HONDA 1'46.951 3.962 0.179
27 42 Alex RINS SUTER HONDA 1'46.988 3.999 0.037
28 86 Kevin HANUS HONDA 1'47.003 4.014 0.015
29 30 Giulian PEDONE SUTER HONDA 1'47.265 4.276 0.262
30 77 Marcel SCHROTTER MAHINDRA 1'47.311 4.322 0.046
31 44 Miguel OLIVEIRA SUTER HONDA 1'47.565 4.576 0.254
32 51 Kenta FUJII TSR HONDA 1'47.854 4.865 0.289
33 3 Luigi MORCIANO IODA 1'47.983 4.994 0.129
34 21 Ivan MORENO FTR HONDA 1'49.978 6.989 1.995
Not qualified (Out 107%) 1'50.198
* 5 Romano FENATI FTR HONDA 1'51.012 8.023 1.034

* Have qualified for the race having achieved a time within 107 % of the fastest rider in a free practice session.

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.... lap from Sandro. Where that came from I have no idea!

I was shocked to see Fenati so far off the pace. He won at Jerez in wet / damp conditions yet today was 8 seconds off the pace. Strange.

Should be good fun watching Maverick cutting the grid tomorrow.

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A great qualifying result from Brad Binder. Looking forward to watching him in the race.

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