#AragonGP: Aragón checked of, focus set on Japan
Jonas Folger was not able to meet his expectations for Sunday’s race in Spain.
The Championship’s round 14 at the impressive MotorLand Aragón circuit ended for Jonas Folger with a bitter disappointment. Despite fine weather and perfect conditions, the German MotoGP™ rider was not able to return to his usual level of high performance. So, fifth fastest after Saturday afternoon’s FP4 should be the only highlight of the visit to Spain this weekend. Folger, who started from 18th spot, did not race in a competitive pace at any time throughout the demanding 23 laps.
The upcoming race in three weeks in Japan marks at the same time the opening round of the annual Asia/Australia overseas Grand Prix in October.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), 16th (Championship position 10, 84 points):
“Obviously, I’m disappointed about the outcome of the weekend. This also applies to my entire team because this position does not correspond to our abilities. But honestly, we are struggling to find our level as we were able to perform at the beginning and until halfway point of the season. In addition, we used a new traction control this weekend which caused some issues too so, we went back to the old system on Saturday. Beyond that, the crash in FP3 and the subsequent hustle and bustle in preparation for the afternoon sessions did us further thrown back. We were really perplexed regarding issues such as the tyre selection and the setting for the bike. This, of course, has had negative impacts on my confidence.”
“Nevertheless, I did not check of the weekend. During warm-up and ahead of the race I tried to build up confidence in which I partly succeeded well. I also expected that I would be able to recover positions and I would reach my personal goal, finishing in the top ten. But the fist laps were already a mediums-sized disaster and a bit later, I quickly realized that nothing is going today because the confidence was completely gone. I did not just miss the pace during the race, Aragón was a bad weekend for us at all.”
“After our unfortunate start to the second part of the season, the slightly longer break until the next race is very welcome. We need to take a time-out, especially myself, and try to switch off completely. I feel exhausted at the moment as well as we are lost from one hole to the other. So, I’ll try to get my mind clear before heading to the oversea races and to start in Japan with recharged energy. It is therefore with me, as synonymous with the bike to make a reset because we need to continue with a setup that is familiar to me. This is the only way I can get back riding free and relaxed. In Motegi in three weeks, therefore it will be necessary to re-build the bike to the standings we used at the Sachsenring.”
MotoGP™ GP de Aragón – Race Classification after 23 Laps:
1 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 42´06.816
2 Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / +0.879
3 Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Ducati Team / Ducati / +2.028
16 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / +30.302
MotoGP™ World Standing:
1 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 224
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Ducati Team / Ducati / 2089
3 Maverick VINALES / SPA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 1963
10 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 84