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Alessandro "Sandro" Cortese (born 6 January 1990) is a German motorcycle racer, currently competing in the World Superbike Championship aboard a Yamaha R1. Cortese won his first world title in the Moto3 class, in 2012.,[2] and his second in the Supersport World Championship, in 2018.[3] He lives in Berkheim, Germany.

Sandro Cortese
Sandro Cortese 2012.jpg
NationalityGerman
Born (1990-01-06) 6 January 1990 (age 29)[1]
Ochsenhausen, West Germany
Current teamGRT Yamaha
Bike number11
Motorcycle racing career statistics
Moto2 World Championship
Active years20132017
ManufacturersKalex
Championships0
2017 championship position18th (43 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
88 0 3 0 0 301
Moto3 World Championship
Active years2012
ManufacturersKTM
Championships1 (2012)
2012 championship position1st (325 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
17 5 15 7 4 325
125cc World Championship
Active years20052011
ManufacturersHonda, Derbi, Aprilia
Championships0
2011 championship position4th (225 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
116 2 11 3 7 736
Supersport World Championship
Active years2018
ManufacturersYamaha
Championships1 (2018)
2018 championship position1st (208 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
11 2 8 3 7 208

Cortese contested every race from his Grand Prix début in 2005 until the 2016 French Grand Prix, where he missed the race due to a knee injury.[4]

CareerEdit

National racingEdit

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 IDM Championship in the 125cc class, finishing 10th.[1]

125cc World ChampionshipEdit

 
Sandro Cortese races MotoGP at Sachsenring, 2011

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.[5] 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.[6] Cortese eventually ended the season fourth in the championship.

Moto2 World ChampionshipEdit

Cortese moved up to Moto2 class as a Moto3 champion in 2013. He joined Dynavolt Intact GP as the sole rider of the team.[7] In 2014, Cortese recorded his first podium finish in Moto2 at Brno. He remained at the team until the end of 2017 season.

Supersport World ChampionshipEdit

After failing to secure a ride for 2018 Moto2 season, Cortese signed a deal with Kallio Racing to race in Supersport World Championship, aboard Yamaha YZF-R6.[8] He won 2 races at Aragon and Donington Park, securing 8 podium finishes and became the champion of 2018 Supersport World Championship in his maiden season.[9]

Career statisticsEdit

Grand Prix motorcycle racingEdit

By seasonEdit

Season Class Team Motorcycle Type Races Wins Podiums Poles Fastest Laps Pts Position
2005 125cc Kiefer-Bos-Castrol Honda Honda Honda RS125R 16 0 0 0 0 8 26th
2006 125cc Elit – Caffè Latte Honda Honda RS125R 16 0 0 0 0 23 17th
2007 125cc Emmi – Caffè Latte Aprilia Aprilia RS125 17 0 0 0 0 66 14th
2008 125cc Emmi – Caffè Latte Aprilia Aprilia RSA 125 17 0 0 0 1 141 8th
2009 125cc Ajo Interwetten Derbi Derbi RSA 125 16 0 3 1 2 130 6th
2010 125cc Avant Mitsubishi Ajo Derbi Derbi RS 125 R 17 0 2 1 2 143 7th
2011 125cc Intact-Racing Team Germany Aprilia Aprilia RSA 125 17 2 6 1 2 225 4th
2012 Moto3 Red Bull KTM Ajo KTM KTM RC250GP 17 5 15 7 4 325 1st
2013 Moto2 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex Kalex Moto2 17 0 0 0 0 22 19th
2014 Moto2 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex Kalex Moto2 18 0 1 0 0 85 9th
2015 Moto2 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex Kalex Moto2 18 0 1 0 0 90 11th
2016 Moto2 Dynavolt Intact GP Kalex Kalex Moto2 17 0 1 0 0 61 15th
2017 Moto2 Dynavolt Intact GP Suter Suter MMX2 18 0 0 0 0 43 18th
Total 221 7 29 10 11 1362

By classEdit

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125cc 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 2013–2017 2013 Qatar 2014 Czech Republic 88 0 3 0 0 301 0
Total 2005–2017 221 7 29 10 11 1362 1

Races by yearEdit

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

Year 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
2015 Moto2 Kalex QAT
7
AME
14
ARG
7
SPA
Ret
FRA
14
ITA
8
CAT
Ret
NED
17
GER
11
IND
Ret
CZE
8
GBR
8
RSM
8
ARA
13
JPN
3
AUS
Ret
MAL
7
VAL
13
11th 90
2016 Moto2 Kalex QAT
15
ARG
Ret
AME
12
SPA
Ret
FRA
DNS
ITA
11
CAT
Ret
NED
12
GER
15
AUT
11
CZE
23
GBR
12
RSM
9
ARA
13
JPN
5
AUS
3
MAL
17
VAL
Ret
15th 61
2017 Moto2 Suter QAT
22
ARG
8
AME
23
SPA
Ret
FRA
14
ITA
19
CAT
Ret
NED
Ret
GER
8
CZE
Ret
AUT
Ret
GBR
Ret
RSM
5
ARA
9
JPN
Ret
AUS
9
MAL
Ret
VAL
Ret
18th 43

Supersport World ChampionshipEdit

By yearEdit

(key)

Year Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos. Pts
2018 Yamaha AUS
3
THA
4
SPA
1
NED
6
ITA
4
GBR
1
CZE
2
ITA
3
POR
6
FRA
2
ARG
2
QAT
2
1st 208

ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Mahias takes win in extraordinary Losail race; Cortese becomes WorldSSP Champion". WorldSBK.com. Dorna Sports. 27 October 2018. Retrieved 27 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Nach 206 GP-Starts in Serie: Cortese verpasst Le Mans" [After 206 GP starts Streak: Cortese missed Le Mans]. Süddeutsche Zeitung (in German). Südwestdeutsche Medien Holding. Deutsche Presse-Agentur. 6 May 2016. Retrieved 16 May 2016.
  5. ^ "Cortese joins Racing Team Germany". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 14 December 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  6. ^ "First victory for Cortese in Brno". Dorna Sports. 14 August 2010. Retrieved 19 August 2011.
  7. ^ http://www.motogp.com/en/news/2013/03/11/cortese-and-dynavolt-intact-gp-present-2013-bike/160710
  8. ^ https://www.kallioracing.com/content/10172/en/20010/20977/Sandro%20Cortese%20to%20join%20Kallio%20Racing%21.html
  9. ^ https://de.motorsport.com/superbike/photos/supersport-weltmeister-2018-sandro-cortese-kallio-racing-41819518/41819518/

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