German rider Jonas Folger, the new rider for the Aspar team on the Kalex-KTM powered his way to a decisive victory on the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic Sunday to take his second career victory.
Folger led in a trio of KTM riders with Luis Salom of Spain (Kalex-KTM) and championship leader Sandro Cortese of Germany, Red Bull KTM Ajo factory rider on the KTM Moto3 taking the minor places.
The race was started on a damp track with some riders taking the cautious approach while others, including Folger just put the hammer down on what could have been tricky conditions. It was a great ride by the young German who picked up his second career victory in only his second ride for the Aspar Team that switched him with Alberto Moncayo during the summer break. Folger was also on the podium in the last race at Indianapolis in his first appearance with the team. He won Sunday’s race by almost six seconds. “It was so difficult at the start but I said ‘let’s go on slicks’. I didn’t think I would be able to go that fast in the beginning and then after 10 laps I just tried to be safe and go for the win,” Folger said.
The race was effectively divided into two parts. The first involved an early battle for the lead between Folger, the Malaysian KTM rider Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Jakub Kornfiel and Spaniard Efrem Vazquez. Vazquez was the first out of contention when his wet tires started to deteriorate but Khairuddin was in with a podium chance right up to the last four laps when he crashed out. Kornfiel’s podium chances in front of his home crowd were also alive into this closing stages but he was dropped to sixth after the chasing pack, led by Cortese caught up with him.
The second part of the race involved a group of the strongest riders, including Cortese and his main rivals for the title, Maverick Vinales and Salom, both of Spain and they began to make their move on the front runners with eight laps to go. Cortese, known for his wily tactics in the final part of the race had a podium place in is sights but most of all he wanted to finish in front of Vinales and further extend his point lead. He only got half of his wishes. He did finish in front of Vinales but Salom stole second place in the final corner. “For sure I wanted to finish in front of Maverick but I am upset that Salom managed to get past me for second,” he said.
Going into the next race at San Marino, Cortese now has a cushion of 32 points but there is plenty of racing left as the season with still six rounds to go. MotoGP in Brno, The Czech Republic – Brno Circuit– Round 12
photos by Gold and Goose
1, Jonas Folger, Germany, Kalex KTM, 43’03.089
2, Luis Salom, Spain, Kalex KTM, +5.918
3, Sandro Cortese, Germany, KTM, +5.963
4, Maverick Viñales, Spain, FTR Honda, +6.091
5, Alex Rins, Spain, Suter Honda, +6.490
6, Jakub Kornfeil, Czech Republic, FTR Honda, +6.572
7, Danny Kent, GBR, KTM, +8.421
8, Romano Fenati, Italy, FTR Honda, +13.382
9, Miguel Oliveira, Portugal, Suter Honda, +13.909
10, Alessandro Tonucci, Italy, FTR Honda, +22.466
11, Hector Faubel, Spain, Kalex KTM
14, Arthur Sissis, Australia, KTM
18, Joan Olive, Spain, KTM
20, Brad Binder, RSA, Kalex KTM
DNF, Zulfahmi Khairuddin, Malaysia, KTM (crashed in the closing stages after being a podium contender for most of the race)
Moto3 Standings after Round 12
1, Cortese, 200
2, M. Viñales, 168
3, Salom, 149
4, Fenati, 104
5, Rins, 83
7, Khairuddin, 76
8, Kent, 66
14, Faubel, 49
16, Folger, 46
17, Sissis, 45
19, Ajo, 21
29, Binder, 5