News 14 Oct 2011

Cortese leads the way in 125cc Grand Prix qualifying at the Island

Sandro Cortese topped the time sheets on Friday in the 125s at Phillip Island.

Sandro Cortese topped the time sheets on Friday in the 125s at Phillip Island.

Intact Racing Team Germany’s Sandro Cortese led the way in the afternoon 125cc practice outing with a best time of 1’38.530, three-tenths quicker than his morning time to place him at the top of the combined times for the day.

Championship leader Nico Terol (Bankia Aspar) was again second in the charts, following the German rider by 0.178s after an improvement of two-tenths on his morning time, while Johann Zarco (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo) stepped up to third with a lap of 1’39.104.

The wind picked up for the afternoon session which saw the lightweight bikes produce slightly lower top speeds, although about two-thirds of the field were able to improve on their lap times, with the biggest steps coming from Adrián Martín (Bankia Aspar) who ended the day fifth in the field, and Alberto Moncayo (Team Andalucía Banca Cívica) who ranked sixth fastest.

Meanwhile Héctor Faubel (Bankia Aspar) was unable to improve his pace and his morning time of 1’39.132 ranked him fourth.

Maverick Viñales (Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing) went wide in turn eight in the second outing, touching the grass and sliding out in a high speed tumble but was up and walking away immediately though his bike was too damaged for him to finish the session. He was seventh fastest of the day thanks to his morning lap time, with Jonas Folger (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) eighth.

Danny Kent (Red Bull Ajo Motorsport) was 0.239s behind the German rider while Luis Salom (RW Racing GP) recovered from his crash in FP1 to take the tenth spot just seven-thousandths of a second ahead of Efrén Vázquez (Avant-AirAsia-Ajo).

Caretta Technology KTM rider Jack Miller used all of his experience to clock the 26th fastest time in both practice sessions and lead the Aussie charge.

Wildcards Josh Hook and Nicky Diles ensured their passage to Sunday’s main race with impressive performances in the morning session, while Alex Phillis and Tom Hatton will be eager to show their quality in the build-up to tomorrow afternoon’s qualifying session.

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