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Sandro Cortese wins rain-shortened Australian 125cc Grand Prix

Sandro Cortese Italian Grand Prix 125cc Racing Team Germany Aprilia 2011

Sandro Cortese took his second 125cc World Championship victory with a dominant ride in a rain-shortened Australian Grand Prix.

Rain on the Phillip Island grid forced a delayed start, but when things did get underway, Cortese asserted himself ahead of the other slick-shod runners while Adrian Martin - on wets - disappeared off into an eight-second lead after only two laps.

With conditions drying out, however, the Aspar Aprilia rider destroyed his tyres quickly and was reeled in by Cortese, the Racing Team Germany rider taking the lead on lap five at Lukey Heights and then quickly pulling away at the front himself.

Another burst of rain with 20 of the 23 planned laps gone brought out the red flags; race organisers declaring the result there and then.

After initial flurries from Caretta KTM racers Alexis Masbou - who led into the first corner – and Jack Miller – the battle for second became a two-horse race between polesitter Johann Zarco and Luis Salom.

The pair traded positions on a number of occasions, with Salom eventually making the critical move on lap 19; the RW Aprilia rider securing the best finish of his career in the process.

Zarco was also passed by his Ajo Derbi team-mate Efren Zarco on lap 21, but with the result declared after 20 laps, he was given back the final spot on the podium.

Alberto Moncayo was a fine fifth on his Andalucia Aprilia while championship leader Nico Terol – after dropping as low as 17th on the opening lap – hauled himself up to sixth by the chequered flag; a result that limited the damage done by Zarco in the battle for the title. Terol's series lead now stands at a reduced 22 points with two races remaining.

Terol's Aspar team-mate Hector Faubel was seventh, ahead of Maverick Vinales (Blusens Aprilia) and Louis Rossi (Matteoni Aprilia).

Britain's Danny Webb and his Mahindra team-mate Marcel Schrotter ran strongly in the top eight for most of the race, but slipped back to 10th and 11th by the finish.

Ajo Aprilia riders Danny Kent and Jonas Folger had terrible races. Kent crashed out of second after only a lap and a half – finishing only 22nd – while Folger failed to start after his engine blew in warm-up.

Pos  Rider                  Team                                Time          
 1.  Sandro Cortese         Intact-Racing Team Germany         34m49.670s
 2.  Luis Salom             RW Racing GP                         + 13.572s  
 3.  Johann Zarco           Avant-AirAsia-Ajo                    + 14.311s  
 4.  Efren Vazquez          Avant-AirAsia-Ajo                    + 14.926s  
 5.  Alberto Moncayo        Andalucia Banca Civica               + 22.328s  
 6.  Nicolas Terol          Bankia Aspar Team 125cc              + 26.689s  
 7.  Hector Faubel          Bankia Aspar Team 125cc              + 28.887s  
 8.  Maverick Viñales       Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing       + 35.635s  
 9.  Louis Rossi            Matteoni Racing                      + 36.553s  
10.  Danny Webb             Mahindra Racing                      + 36.686s  
11.  Marcel Schrotter       Mahindra Racing                      + 38.608s  
12.  Luigi Morciano         Team Italia FMI                      + 41.697s  
13.  Jakub Kornfeil         Ongetta-Centro Seta                  + 43.349s  
14.  Alexis Masbou          Caretta Technology                   + 47.896s  
15.  Sturla Fagerhaug       WTR-Ten10 Racing                     + 55.159s  
16.  Alessandro Tonucci     Team Italia FMI                      + 56.909s  
17.  Josep Rodriguez        Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing       + 1m10.093s
18.  Taylor Mackenzie       Phonica Racing                       + 1m10.237s
19.  Manuel Tatasciore      Phonica Racing                       + 1m10.802s
20.  Zulfahmi Khairuddin    Airasia-Sic-Ajo                      + 1m10.844s
21.  Brad Binder            Andalucia Banca Civica               + 1m27.965s
22.  Danny Kent             Red Bull Ajo MotorSport              + 1m37.676s
23.  Jack Miller            Caretta Technology                   + 1m40.315s
24.  Marco Colandrea        WTR-Ten10 Racing                     + 1 lap   
25.  Giulian Pedone         Phonica Racing                       + 1 lap   
26.  Joshua Hook            Hook                      + 1 lap   
27.  Adrian Martin          Bankia Aspar Team 125cc              + 1 lap   

    Rider                  Team                        Laps
    Niklas AJO             TT Motion Events Racing     1 lap  
    Joan PERELLO           Matteoni Racing             8 laps 
    Jasper IWEMA           Ongetta-Abbink Metaal       11 laps
    Nicky DILES            Aprilia RSW Racing          14 laps

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