MotoGP 2022. Calabrian-German rider Sandro Cortese retires at 32: “I risked my wheelchair” – MotoGP

20 months after the dramatic injury in Portimao in Superbike, Cortese threw in the towel after a long rehabilitation: “It was difficult to walk again.” He has won a Moto3 and a Supersport world championship

April 6, 2022

H.won the first Moto3 world championship in 2012 it’s a Supersport world championship in 2018. In the world championship he ran 221 races between 125, Moto3 and Moto2, winning 7 and finishing on the podium 29 times.

A highly respected career for Sandro CorteseGerman pilot born in 1990 and whose parents are originally from Cirò, in Calabria. A career that ends and the announcement was made by the pilot himself from his social channels.

Cortese in August 2020 underwent a very serious injury in Portimaoin Portugal: a accident in which he seriously risked remain paralyzed. In the last lap of race-1, after a contact with another rider, Cortese crashed going to impact with your back against the protective wall.

From that injury the beginning of an ordeal to recover up to the decision to stop: “20 months have passed since my accident, I inform you that I have decided to officially retire from racing. Only thanks to the care I received in Portimao And to emergency surgery in Faro I escaped from paraplegia (ie lower body paralysis, ed). I think about it every day and am infinitely grateful to still be able to lead a normal life. Thanks to the support of my family, my girlfriend and my friends who helped me to overcome the difficult moment immediately after the accident ”.

“My body – Cortese specified – hasn’t been the same since the accident and it took many months of rehabilitation in order to walk again without pain”.

About his career he said it was something “that I would never have dreamed of“.

An important career, the Moto3 and Supersport world championships

Ucareer he has had different peaks and that in 2012 led him to win the Moto3 world championship with authority: 325 points5 wins, 10 other podiums and two placings. Zero falls.

The year after moving to Moto2 where his best placements were 3 third places obtained in 2014, 2015 and 2016 in Brno, Japan and Australia.

In 2018 he left the world championship and went on to win the Supersport World Championship with Kallio Racing: 12 races, 2 victories, 6 other podiums and 4 placings. Zero falls.

In 2019 and 2020 the Italian German played the Superbike World Championship: the first year in Yamaha, closed in 12th place while the second year, up to the dramatic injury in Portimao, he raced with Kawasaki.

The dramatic injury, slow rehabilitation and the decision to quit

C.As Cortese himself said possibility of ending up in a wheelchair was serious and only the doctors’ preparation and timing prevented him from this dire future.

Cortese underwent a long rehabilitation work but in the end he gave up the bikes, aware of the risk he ran. However, he will remain in the world of motorsport: “Also this year I will be part of the Liqui Moly, ServusTV and Yamaha families with great enthusiasm. Also, I have a new project with my longtime sponsor, the Gutmann Group ”.

Cortese thanked “all of you from the heart, dear friends, fans, partners, sponsors and supporters. You have always supported me and lived the dream with me. “


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