"A pity it wasn’t enough for the win. But he’ll come, I’m sure of it," said the berkheim rider, who was able to laugh again after the champagne shower on the podium. In contrast to the surprise winner romani fenati from italy, who was only 16 years old, cortese, like the second-placed spanish rider luis salom, was presented with a magnum bottle of the fine wine – but he did not share it with the youngster.
In the moto2 class, max neukirchner from stollberg suffered the next setback. After a technical defect slowed him down at the opening race, he failed to finish this time on stefan bradl’s world champion bike from the previous year after a crash and once again failed to score any points. The race, which was stopped on lap 19 due to. Spanish driver pol espargaro won the race, which was abandoned on lap 19 due to rain.
In the world championship ranking, however, it depends on every payer. The female also cortese and therefore held his enttauschung in limits. "This year the consistency pays and you can afford only a few mistakes. So I’m satisfied, and the team is doing a great job," said the KTM rider, who started the race from second place on the grid.
Cortese went into the second world championship race tactically, deliberately and with limited risk, while fenati put in a great performance in only his second grand prix race. "When the young drivers pulled away, i thought, this can’t go well. I kept my cool and concentrated on my race," said 21-year-old cortese, commenting on the numerous crashes. The peloton had almost halved by the end, with toni finsterbusch also affected.
Shortly before the end of the race, cortese even had his sights set on second place behind fenati, who had been uncatchable. But in lapping maneuvers, he suddenly slipped behind salom and his compatriot alex rins. "The track marshals had to show more blue flags, that bothers me a bit. Because that’s how I lost valuable meters," complained cortese.
But neukirchner was really down in the dumps. The saxon was well in the race. But during an overtaking maneuver, the briton gino rea slid into the front wheel of the stollberger and cleared him off the track. "That’s bitter, because the points were almost certain," said the disappointed neukirchner. He also suffered a slight hand injury.