The German, riding an Aprilia, became the first rider other than Terol to top the timing at the end of a session. He did it in dominant style and ended the session comfortably fastest by almost 0.5s from Terol.
The conditions in the afternoon session were very different to the morning with a stiff tail wind into the opening corner making conditions treacherous for riders at certain corners. This was emphasised in the closing minutes with a five rider crash at the Criville Corner that was lucky to see everyone walk away unaided.
Hector Faubel was third, over 1.1s adrift of Cortese but just ahead of the impressive Luis Salom and Jonas Folger with Derbi’s Johann Zarco sixth fastest.
The windy conditions made it impossible for all but a handful of riders to improve their times from the opening session but it was heartening to see Cortese show that there is some genuine competition facing Terol in the 125cc class.
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