Sandro Cortese

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Sandro Cortese
Sandro Cortese Losail 2010.jpg
Cortese at the 2010 Qatar Grand Prix.
Nationality  German
Born (1990-01-06) January 6, 1990 (age 24)[1]
Ochsenhausen, West Germany
Current team Dynavolt Intact GP
Bike number 11
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 20132014
Manufacturers Kalex
2014 Championship position 9th (85 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
35 0 1 0 0 107
Moto3 World Championship
Active years 2012
Manufacturers KTM
Championships 1 (2012)
2012 Championship position 1st (325 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
17 5 15 7 4 325
125cc World Championship
Active years 20052011
Manufacturers Honda, Derbi, Aprilia
Championships 0
2011 Championship position 4th (225 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
116 2 11 3 7 736

Alessandro "Sandro" Cortese (born January 6, 1990) is a German motorcycle racer, currently competing in the Moto2 Grand Prix World Championship. Having contested every race since his Grand Prix début in 2005, Cortese won his first world title in the Moto3 class, in 2012.[2] He lives in Berkheim, Germany.

Career[edit]

National racing[edit]

Cortese was born in Ochsenhausen, West Germany, as the son of an Italian father and a German mother. He started his career at the age of nine on pocket bikes and was European Pocket Bike champion as well as German Mini Bike champion. He competed in the German ITM Championship in the 125cc class, finishing 10th.[1]

125cc World Championship[edit]

Cortese made his 125cc World Championship debut with Kiefer-Bos-Castrol Honda in 2005, finishing the season in 26th place with 8 points. His best finish was 14th place in Germany, the Czech Republic, and Turkey. In 2006, he switched to the 2005 125cc Championship-winning team, Elit – Caffè Latte Honda as team mate to 125cc World Champion Thomas Lüthi. He made steady progress scoring some championship points, His best result was in the Portuguese Grand Prix in 10th place, improving his championship standing to 17th place with 23 points.

In 2007 his team was renamed Emmi – Caffè Latte and it switched to Aprilia motorbikes. Lüthi moved up to 250cc, also with Aprilia. Cortese improved in 2007, finishing most of the season's races in the top 10, including 7th places in the French, the Italian and German Grands Prix. He finished the championship in 14th place with 66 points. For 2008 he rode a works Aprilia RSA 125. The 2008 season started poorly for him, finishing outside the top 8 at the first five races. His fortunes changed for the better after Mugello and he finished consistently in the top eight. In the Australian Grand Prix he crashed while leading but managed to recover to sixth and helped Mike Di Meglio to win the championship by finishing ahead of Simone Corsi, Di Meglio's championship rival. In the Malaysian Grand Prix he rode the fastest lap of the race despite starting 18th on the grid to finish fourth. He was the only 125cc rider to finish all races that year, gaining points in every race except in China.

In 2009, Cortese rode for the Finnish Ajo Motorsport team that took Di Meglio to his 125cc World Championship. He replaced Di Meglio and teamed up with Dominique Aegerter, running factory Derbi RSA 125 bikes. Cortese finished on the podium three times and ended up sixth in the championship.

For 2010 he rode a Derbi again, for Ajo Motorsport. He was teamed up with Marc Márquez and Adrián Martín, with each rider running different sponsorship. Cortese took two podiums during the season, at the Sachsenring and Indianapolis. He also achieved pole position in Italy, and finished seventh in the championship.

For the 2011 season, Cortese moved to Dirk Heidolf's Racing Team Germany outfit, as a single-bike entry.[3] He took second place finishes in Qatar and Portugal, before taking his first Grand Prix victory – in his 109th start – in the Czech Republic, having battled with Johann Zarco in the closing stages of the race.[4] Cortese eventually ended the season fourth in the championship.

Grand Prix motorcycle racing career[edit]

By class[edit]

Class Seas 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125 cc 2005–2011 2005 Spain 2009 Qatar 2011 Czech Republic 116 2 11 3 7 736 0
Moto3 2012 2012 Qatar 2012 Qatar 2012 Portugal 17 5 15 7 4 325 1
Moto2 2013–2014 2013 Qatar 2014 Czech Republic 35 0 1 0 0 107 0
Total 2005–Present 168 7 27 10 11 1168 1

By seasons and teams[edit]

Season Class Team Motorcycle Type Races Wins Podiums Poles Fastest Laps Pts Position
2005 125cc Germany Kiefer-Bos-Castrol Honda Honda Honda RS125R 16 0 0 0 0 8 26th
2006 125cc Czech Republic Elit – Caffè Latte Honda Honda RS125R 16 0 0 0 0 23 17th
2007 125cc Czech Republic Emmi – Caffè Latte Aprilia Aprilia RS 125 17 0 0 0 0 66 14th
2008 125cc Czech Republic Emmi – Caffè Latte Aprilia Aprilia RSA 125 17 0 0 0 1 141 8th
2009 125cc Finland Ajo Interwetten Derbi Derbi RSA 125 16 0 3 1 2 130 6th
2010 125cc Finland Ajo Motorsport Derbi Derbi RS 125 R 17 0 2 1 2 143 7th
2011 125cc Germany Intact-Racing Team Germany Aprilia Aprilia RSA 125 17 2 6 1 2 225 4th
2012 Moto3 Finland Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM KTM M32 17 5 15 7 4 325 1st
2013 Moto2 Germany Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex Kalex Moto2 17 0 0 0 0 22 19th
2014 Moto2 Germany Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex Kalex Moto2 18 0 1 0 0 85 9th
Total 168 7 27 10 11 1168

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Yr Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
2005 125cc Honda SPA
20
POR
25
CHN
Ret
FRA
15
ITA
Ret
CAT
23
NED
24
GBR
15
GER
14
CZE
14
JPN
Ret
MAL
21
QAT
17
AUS
19
TUR
14
VAL
Ret
26th 8
2006 125cc Honda SPA
16
QAT
Ret
TUR
16
CHN
17
FRA
15
ITA
Ret
CAT
19
NED
14
GBR
14
GER
13
CZE
11
MAL
17
AUS
14
JPN
14
POR
10
VAL
18
17th 23
2007 125cc Aprilia QAT
17
SPA
7
TUR
Ret
CHN
18
FRA
7
ITA
7
CAT
11
GBR
12
NED
8
GER
7
CZE
10
RSM
15
POR
Ret
JPN
Ret
AUS
10
MAL
Ret
VAL
Ret
14th 66
2008 125cc Aprilia QAT
11
SPA
10
POR
10
CHN
16
FRA
11
ITA
8
CAT
8
GBR
9
NED
4
GER
6
CZE
7
RSM
7
IND
5
JPN
6
AUS
6
MAL
4
VAL
5
8th 141
2009 125cc Derbi QAT
3
JPN
6
SPA
6
FRA
12
ITA
10
CAT
9
NED
Ret
GER
6
GBR
Ret
CZE
6
IND
18
RSM
5
POR
2
AUS
3
MAL
6
VAL
8
6th 130
2010 125cc Derbi QAT
5
SPA
11
FRA
6
ITA
Ret
GBR
6
NED
5
CAT
4
GER
3
CZE
16
IND
2
RSM
5
ARA
5
JPN
12
MAL
6
AUS
Ret
POR
Ret
VAL
5
7th 143
2011 125cc Aprilia QAT
2
SPA
6
POR
2
FRA
7
CAT
4
GBR
7
NED
4
ITA
12
GER
8
CZE
1
IND
3
RSM
4
ARA
7
JPN
5
AUS
1
MAL
2
VAL
Ret
4th 225
2012 Moto3 KTM QAT
3
SPA
3
POR
1
FRA
6
CAT
2
GBR
3
NED
2
GER
1
ITA
3
IND
2
CZE
3
RSM
1
ARA
2
JPN
6
MAL
1
AUS
1
VAL
2
1st 325
2013 Moto2 Kalex QAT
17
AME
25
SPA
18
FRA
12
ITA
14
CAT
Ret
NED
14
GER
14
IND
16
CZE
Ret
GBR
20
RSM
Ret
ARA
10
MAL
Ret
AUS
11
JPN
15
VAL
16
19th 22
2014 Moto2 Kalex QAT
7
AME
14
ARG
9
SPA
9
FRA
12
ITA
13
CAT
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
Ret
IND
6
CZE
3
GBR
18
RSM
12
ARA
12
JPN
Ret
AUS
6
MAL
7
VAL
Ret
9th 85

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Sandro Cortese | The Official MotoGP Website
  2. ^ "Cortese crowned Moto3 World Champion with win in Sepang". MotoGP.com (Dorna Sports). 21 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2012. 
  3. ^ "Cortese joins Racing Team Germany". motogp.com (Dorna Sports). 14 December 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "First victory for Cortese in Brno". Dorna Sports. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2011. 

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Preceded by
Nicolás Terol
(125 cc in 2011)
Moto3 Motorcycle World Champion
2012
Succeeded by
Maverick Viñales