#AmericasGP: “More positive things learned from this race”
The surprisingly strong MotoGP™ rookie came home in eleventh in Sunday’s race to score more points in just his third ever race just in the premier league of two wheels racing.
After a dull and cold day two of practice in Austin, the weather changed again for race day. Teams and riders were welcomed by bright skies at the circuit in the morning and till the start of the Texan horsepower rodeo at 2:00 pm, temperatures increased up to pleasant 23 degrees despite some strong winds.
Jonas Folger left the line in a great way as the lights went out for round three although he was not able to fully defend his starting position as eight on the grid during the opening lap. But he again showed determination during the early stages to race well inside the top ten and fought for positions for two thirds of the distance. In contrast to the last races, however, Folger could not play out his usual strength during the final stages. Folger crossed the line in eleventh place, still a respectable result for the 23-year-old German rider. He now heads in eight position overall to the first European race in two weeks.
After a busy opening stage with three race in oversea, now the series moves to Europe for the Gran Premio de Espana in Jerez de la Frontera, the meanwhile traditional round to open the series in Europe.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), 11th (World Championship position 8, 21 points):
“Eleventh is an ok result but I’m a bit disappointed to be honest. The positive thing is, that we came home just less than 19 seconds off the race winners time which is more or less the same gap as last time in Argentina. In addition, Andrea (Dovizioso), who was sixth, was just five seconds ahead of us so, the top six would have been possible again today. But to achieve this was my failure because I made too many mistakes today, especially when the bike got lighter with less fuel. In contrast to Argentina, I was not able to adapt to the changing handling of the bike. I started to make mistakes and the guys got passed my easy.”
“In the first two races, I was much stronger during the final stages when the bike got more and more lighter. I managed it well to adapt my riding but it was different somehow today. We need to analyse this in more detail. The good thing is that we did not lose so much for sixth position. But I must keep working on myself and to learn to avoid making mistakes in order to be stronger in the decisive stages and in the battles for positions. I think, however, things like these also belong to the learning process.”
“Beyond that, I can be satisfied with my start into this championship after scoring points in each of the first three races. But when you have reached a certain position, you automatically set higher targets and we know that we are capable of this. Today, for example, we could have finished sixth if we had done better during practice days. We know and we are aware about our strength, but I have to adapt more quickly to the conditions during the weekend. But before the start of the season, I would never have thought that I would come in eight position overall to the first European race.”
MotoGP™ GP of The Americas – Race Classification after 21 Laps:
1 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Respol Honda Team / Honda / 43´58.770
2 Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / +3.069
3 Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / +5.112
11 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / +18.903
MotoGP™ World Standings:
1 Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 56
2 Maverick VINALES / SPA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 50
3 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 38
8 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 21