#AragonGP: Jonas Folger targets a strong come back
Once again, on Saturday, the German MotoGP™ rider had to put a bad crash behind him in a very short time.
After a wet first day of practice, on Saturday, the weather situation changed significantly. The last free practice sessions and qualifying heats were accompanied by great sunshine and much warmer temperatures. So, in dry conditions Jonas Folger quickly returned to his usual level of high performance. During FP3 in the morning, he was amongst the top riders from the very first moment. However, about halfway through of the session, Folger fell heavily in the fast change of direction before turn two. During this crash, he hit the windscreen with his neck just below the larynx. As a consequence, Folger lost his voice for a short time and was therefore taken to Alcaniz hospital for an X-ray for safety reasons where, fortunately, only bruises in the area of his air tube were diagnosed.
Folger did not have a long time to recover and rest from this fright. He returned to the circuit with just 30 minutes ahead of FP4 and started immediately his preparation for this last practice sessions before going into qualifying. But during this session he impressed by showing up in his full possession of his riding skills when he was recorded with fifth fastest lap time. Due to a slight change to the setting of his Yamaha YZF-M1, however, he failed to repeat this outstanding performance during Q1. This is why Folger eyes a comeback on Sunday, starting from P18.
The lights will go out for the Aragón GP as usual on Sunday at 2:00 pm.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), Grid position 18 – 1´49.034 (6/7):
“Physically, I’m ok, although I hit the windscreen heavily. It is just that it hurts when talking, but this does not bother me at all when riding. I was in a local hospital where a CT confirmed some bruises in my throat. So, it will take a couple of days to recover from this. It is a pity that we have lost important practice time this morning. By the way, the trigger for this strange crash was that I was a bit too early and aggressive on the throttle and then the anti-wheeling system has reacted quite aggressive too and in the next moment, the front wheel has moved. It was perhaps an unfortunate timing by myself in this situation.”
“But during FP2 we quickly caught up again. This session was really encouraging because I felt very comfortable with the medium tyre. In Q1, unfortunately, we suffered minor issues with the new tyre after we move a bit too much weight on the front. So, this we have to reverse now for warm-up and check the balance of the bike again. Despite our poor starting position, I’m sure that we will be able to collect important points tomorrow and possibly even finish ahead of Johann (Zarco) because obviously, he is not as strong this weekend. Beyond that, more or less all riders are forced to use the medium tyre for the race and this option could give us a huge advantage as our pace with this is really strong. Hopefully we will be able to recover as much as possible.”
MotoGP™ GP de Aragón – Qualifying Results:
1 Maverick VINALES / SPA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 1´47.635
2 Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Ducati Team / Ducati / 1´47.735 +0.100
3 Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 1´47.815 +0.180
18 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 1´49.034 (Q1)