On Friday, Jonas Folger finished the first day with his team Bonovo Action / MGM Racing Performance in the World Superbike Championship just outside the top ten.
For Jonas Folger, the adventure Superbike World Championship began on Friday at the Spanish circuit MotorLand Aragón with the first two free practice sessions. Conditions were good, although temperatures rose sharply in the afternoon though, Folger and his well-rehearsed crew from the International German Motorcycle Championship made a pleasing start to the class of production-based race bikes.
In significantly cooler temperatures this morning, the entire entry list set faster times than in the second session in the afternoon. The 27-year-old WorldSBK rookie from Bavaria also showed off brilliantly with a 1’51.285 in FP1, which was good enough to end up in 13th place. He was just 0.443 seconds off BMW brand-mate Tom Sykes, while just 0.236 seconds separated him from the top ten of the competitive field. Before FP3 on Saturday at 9:00 am local time, further set-up work to his all-new BMW M 1000 RR should help him to be well prepared to tackle the first race of the season shortly after lunch time.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Bonovo Action / MGM Racing Performance, BMW M 1000 RR), FP1: P13 - 1´51.285 / FP2: P19 - 1´52.492:
“The first day of practice in Aragón is already history. I am happy to be here, and that the races are finally getting underway. During first practice session we got off to a promising start to the weekend. In this session we managed well to develop a first feeling for the bike, although the temperatures were still a bit cooler. In FP2, the asphalt temperatures were then much higher, and we had some difficulties adjusting to the changed conditions. The problems were similar to our test two weeks ago. So, we need to work on finding a solution in this aspect, especially in terms of stopping the bike. Overall, today was challenging, but we are already looking ahead to tomorrow and I am confident that we can improve by the first race of the year.”
#AragonWorldSBK - Combined Free Practice Times (FP1/FP2):
1 Toprak RAZGATGLIOGLU / TUR / PATA Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK / Yamaha YZF R1 / 1´49.952 (FP1)
2 Chaz DAVIES / GBR / Team GoEleven / Ducati Panigale V4 R / 1´50.260 +0.308 (FP1)
3 Garrett GERLOFF / USA / GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Team / Yamaha YZF R1 / 1´50.442 +0.490 (FP1)
14 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Bonovo Action MGM Racing Performance / BMW M 1000 RR / 1´51.285 +1.333 (FP2)
#AragonWorldSBK – Time Schedule for Saturday May 22nd (CET):
09:00 - 09:30 FP3
11:10 - 12:25 Superpole
14:00 Race1 (18 Laps - 91.386 km)