With ease and patience cortese rode away from his competitors in the moto3 class and spared his father’s birthday with the triumphant ride. "This was a victory for him that brought me into the world championship, brought me up from a young age. A big thank you to him," said cortese after hugging his father at the finish line.
One week after the 22-year-old, the other candidates for the title also clinched their world championship victory in phillip island. In the moto2 class, a third-place finish was enough for spanish rider marc marquez to clinch the title ahead of the final grand prix in valencia on 11. November to become stefan bradl’s successor.
Jorge lorenzo secures his second title after 2010 with a second place in the motogp kings class. The spaniard benefited from the retirement of his compatriot and rival dani pedrosa due to a crash. Winning his home race, australian casey stoner achieved the feat of winning for the sixth time in a row. Last year’s world champion ends his career after this season.
Once again stefan bradl drove a courageous race. The zahlingen rider crossed the finish line in sixth place, narrowly missing out on repeating his best result after a tough battle with andrea dovizioso (italy) and alvaro bautista (spain). He had finished fourth in italy.
For sandro cortese, "the best week of the year" ended with a lonely champagne shower. Since the portuguese miguel oliviera in second place and arthur sissis from australia in third place are only 17 years old, only the berkheimer received a bottle of bubbly in addition to the silver winner’s trophy.
"It was extremely fun for me to enjoy my favorite track with the title in my pocket, of course," cortese said in full relief. In qualifying he had already secured first place on the grid. And during the race not even a collision with a flying mowe could throw him out of rhythm. "No matter what happened over the weekend, whether it rained or was windy, i simply enjoyed it immensely. It was a special race," said cortese.
Jonas folger actually wanted to challenge him for the win. He started the race from second place. Too fast, though. Due to a false start, the bavarian from schwindegg was penalized, like four other drivers, with a drive through the pit lanes and thus fell back from the leading group to the rear midfield. In eleventh place, he nevertheless scored five world championship points.
"I winced. I immediately pulled the clutch again and pressed on the brake to stop and hoped that they didn’t see me or that they would close an eye. But…" He reported with a shrug of his shoulders.