Cortese Leads KTM 1-2 On Friday At Indy

Sandro Cortese turned the tables on his teammate Danny Kent as the Red Bull KTM Ajo squad dominated Friday Practice ahead of the Indianapolis Grand Prix. The British youngster was quickest in the morning but was forced to play second fiddle to Cortese in the afternoon as the championship leader showed his class.

The track rubbered in throughout the day and Kent’s morning benchmark of a 1:53.645 was quickly beaten by Cortese. The championship leader was some three seconds quicker than his teammate had been but Maverick Vinales sent a message to his title rival with a 1:49.950, taking the lead eight minutes from time.

The session soon started to reflect the season so far as Cortese and Vinales traded top spot with less than a tenth of a second separating them but as the chequered flag fell, the German assured he would head into Saturday as the fastest man with a 1:49.307, opening up a near-four-tenth advantage over his rival.

Cortese was leading a lengthy pack of riders on the circuit and Miguel Oliveira managed to lock himself into the slipstream of the KTM to snatch second from Vinales but elsewhere on the race track, Danny Kent had also managed to find a tow and jumped back into second. Vinales was relegated to fourth while Luis Salom and Alex Rins left it late to claim the remaining spots in the top six.

The two Mapfre Aspar Kalex-KTMs were seventh and eighth but the personnel have changed slightly. Alberto Moncayo has been given his marching orders since Mugello, opening the door for Jonas Folger who has vacated the uncompetitive Ioda bike. Folger was 0.012s ahead of Hector Faubel in the inter-team tussle while Moncayo, who has found reemployment with Andalucía JHK Laglisse, ended the day in sixteenth.

Danny Webb had a strong day on the Mahindra, placing it in the top sixteen for much of the afternoon but the Briton was eventually shuffled back to 22nd, two and a half seconds off the pace.


Moto3 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix: Combined Friday Practice Classification

Pos Rider Motorcycle Team Time/Gap
1  Sandro Cortese KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo 1:49.307
2  Danny Kent KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +0.126
3  Miguel Oliveira Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +0.289
4  Maverick Vinales FTR Honda Blusens Avintia +0.387
5  Luis Salom Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +0.520
6  Alex Rins Suter Honda Estrella Galicia 0,0 +0.679
7  Jonas Folger Kalex KTM Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 +1.049
8  Hector Faubel Kalex KTM Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 +1.061
9  Louis Rossi FTR Honda Racing Team Germany +1.121
10  Adrian Martin FTR Honda JHK Laglisse +1.596
11  Jakub Kornfeil FTR Honda Redox-Ongetta-Centro Seta +1.611
12  Efren Vazquez FTR Honda JHK Laglisse +1.654
13  Zulfahmi Khairuddin KTM AirAsia-Sic-Ajo +1.704
14  Romano Fenati FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +1.765
15  Isaac Vinales FTR Honda Ongetta-Centro Seta +1.931
16  Alberto Moncayo FTR Honda Andalucía JHK Laglisse +1.990
17  Alex Marquez Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +1.999
18  Brad Binder Kalex KTM RW Racing GP +2.172
19  Niccolo Antonelli FTR Honda San Carlo Gresini Moto3 +2.417
20  Alan Techer TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +2.443
21  Jack Miller Honda Caretta Technology +2.459
22  Danny Webb Mahindra Mahindra Racing +2.531
23  Jasper Iwema FGR Honda Moto FGR +2.643
24  Alessandro Tonucci FTR Honda Team Italia FMI +2.733
25  Alexis Masbou Honda Caretta Technology +2.953
26  Luigi Morciano Ioda Ioda Team Italia +3.139
27  Niklas Ajo KTM TT Motion Events Racing +3.501
28  Toni Finsterbusch Honda Cresto Guide MZ Racing +3.543
29  Arthur Sissis KTM Red Bull KTM Ajo +3.841
30  Armando Pontone Ioda IodaRacing Project +4.148
31  Giulian Pedone Suter Honda Ambrogio Next Racing +4.620
32  Riccardo Moretti Mahindra Mahindra Racing +4.817
33  Kenta Fujii TSR Honda Technomag-CIP-TSR +4.854