Cortese conquers the front row for the home grand prix
During a very rainy Qualifying Practice at the Sachsenring circuit Sandro Cortese managed to secure a superb third place on the starting grid. Dynavolt Intact GP teammate Marcel Schrötter only made it to position 13 on the wet track, having had a very strong weekend so far.
After over a year Sandro Cortese returned to the front row on the starting grid. The last time the Intact GP rider could be spotted there was in Jerez de la Frontera in 2016. The 27 year-old was respectively pleased to achieve this kind of comeback in front of thousands of German fans during Saturday’s Qualifying Practice.
The session started on a damp, but already drying track. This meant the lap times were respectively slower compared to the ones from the Free Practice sessions. Only ten minutes had passed when a short, but very heavy rain shower came down. Nobody expected for the lap times to improve after that. So it was a very pleasant surprise for Sandro to be able to improve his time lap by lap and turn the Qualifying session into a real thriller despite the wet conditions. In the end it was a head-to-head race for the pole position together with world championship leaders Franco Morbidelli and Alex Marquez.
Only during the last second he was pushed from pole position, but nobody was able to take the front row away from him.
You could see the disappointment in Marcel Schrötter's face after this malicious Qualifying session. During all Free Practice sessions of the weekend he had been consistently strong in 2nd place under dry conditions, but the wet track on Saturday made it impossible to aim higher than 13th place. Tomorrow he will start from fifth row and it will surely be a difficult race. However with the speed of the last couple of days the current holder of place 13 in the world championship should still be able to go for another chase in tomorrows race of 29 laps.
1. Franco MORBIDELLI / ITA / KALEX - 1'24.130
2. Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / SUTER - 1'24.532 (+0.402)
3. Takaaki NAKAGAMI / JPN / KALEX - 1'24.550 (+0.420)
14. Sandro CORTESE / GER / SUTER - 1'25.180 (+1.050)
1. Franco MORBIDELLI / ITA / KALEX - 1'32.159
2. Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX - 1'32.412 (+0.253)
3. Sandro CORTESE / GER / SUTER - 1'32.536 (+0.377)
13. Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / SUTER - 1'33.656 (+1.497)