Cortese On Top In Friday Practice At Silverstone


Sandro Cortese - Photo Credit: MotoGP.com
Sandro Cortese – Photo Credit: MotoGP.com

 

Sandro Cortese set the pace in blustery, but thankfully dry, conditions in second practice for Sunday’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone. The championship leader set a 2:19.063 to outpace Efren Vazquez and Romano Fenati with the Moto3 field looking as close as ever despite racing on one of the longest laps of the year.

The factory KTM squad therefore topped both free practice sessions with Danny Kent flying the flag for the Brits in the morning. The 18 year old was fastest in the wet session ahead of teammate Arthur Sissis and will be among those with a keen eye on the weather forecast for the rest of the weekend.

Cortese was dominant in the afternoon and hit the front with twelve minutes gone. With the exception of a twenty second period when Vazquez had usurped him, the German was untouchable at the top of the leaderboard with his advantage nearly four tenths of a second over Vazquez on the JHK Laglisse FTR Honda.

Silverstone rookies Romano Fenati and Alex Rins put in outstanding performances to finish third and fourth with Catalunya winner Maverick Vinales behind them. The Avintia Blusens rider claimed his maiden Grand Prix pole position here twelve months ago but looks to have his work cut out if he’s to produce a repeat performance this time.

After his morning heroics, Danny Kent took sixth in the afternoon ahead of Louis Rossi and Luis Salom with Alberto Moncayo ninth and Alexis Masbou tenth fresh from his career best result in Catalunya.

Danny Webb put in a stunning display on the recalcitrant Mahindra to finish twelfth overall while wildcard riders John McPhee and Fraser Rogers, making his GP debut, were 23rd and 32nd for Racing Steps Foundation KRP.

 

Moto3 Hertz British Grand Prix: Combined Friday Practice Times

Pos Rider Motorcycle Team Time/Gap
1  Sandro Cortese KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 2:19.063
2  Efren Vazquez FTR Honda JHK Laglisse +0.382
3  Romano Fenati FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +0.465
4  Alex Rins Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +0.544
5  Maverick Viñales FTR Honda Blusens Avintia +0.547
6  Danny Kent KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.668
7  Louis Rossi FTR Honda Racing Team Germany +0.761
8  Luis Salom Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +0.800
9  Alberto Moncayo Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +0.914
10  Alexis Masbou Honda Caretta Technology +1.435
11  Alan Techer TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +1.668
12  Danny Webb Mahindra Mahindra Racing +1.681
13  Jakub Kornfeil FTR Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta +1.745
14  Miguel Oliveira Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +1.938
15  Hector Faubel Kalex KTM Bankia Aspar Team +1.983
16  Adrian Martin FTR Honda JHK Laglisse +2.000
17  Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +2.275
18  Jonas Folger Ioda IodaRacing Project +2.334
19  Jasper Iwema FGR Honda Moto FGR +2.535
20  Jack Miller Honda Caretta Technology +2.787
21  Niccolo Antonelli FTR Honda San Carlo Gresini Moto3 +2.850
22  Niklas Ajo KTM TT Motion Events Racing +2.863
23  John McPhee (WC) KRP Honda Racing Steps Foundation KRP +3.136
24  Simone Grotzkyj Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +3.153
25  Brad Binder Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +3.310
26  Arthur Sissis KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +3.465
27  Alessandro Tonucci FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +3.492
28  Ivan Moreno FTR Honda Andalucía JHK Laglisse +3.963
29  Isaac Viñales FTR Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta +3.989
30  Kenta Fujii TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +4.278
31  Toni Finsterbusch MZ-RE FTR Cresto Guide MZ Racing +4.357
32  Fraser Rogers (WC) KRP Honda Racing Steps Foundation KRP +4.362
33  Giulian Pedone Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +5.050
34  Marcel Schrotter Mahindra Mahindra Racing +6.362
35  Luigi Morciano Ioda Ioda Team Italia +6.653