Jonas Folger finished twelfth in a chaotic race at the Circuit of The Americas.
It was an eventful Sunday at round three of the ongoing FIM MotoGP™ World Championship in Texas. The ten-minute warm up in the morning was a good opportunity for Jonas Folger to gain some confidence for the race. For Folger, who struggled with his riding position and feeling for the bike on both Friday and Saturday, work seemed to pay off done on Saturday evening. He returned to the pits with positive sensations, which was encouraging for the race in the afternoon.
The 29-year-old German went into his first MotoGP™ race in six years from 22nd on the starting grid, with the aim of staying as close as possible to the final group as well as working on his feeling and lap times. He felt more confident aboard the KTM RC16 than on the previous two days, was two seconds faster than on Saturday, and he was also able to ride more consistently. In a race which has seen many crashes, he managed to stay on the bike and finished twelfth, earning four points on his return to the premier class.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3, KTM RC16)
“I was expecting a difficult race and it was, but I felt much more comfortable on the bike today. Last night we talked a lot with my team and worked together to improve my riding position and find important areas where I can improve. We solved some things, and I understood the bike better so, I am happy about that. We were faster than yesterday, but also more consistent, and that is very positive for me. I am very grateful to my team - they always were very attentive to me and my comments, and we worked well together, without pressure. They understand that the situation is not easy for me, and they appreciate my work. I am happy to be surrounded by these good people.”