#ArgentinaGP: Eight fastest and again best Rookie
Jonas Folger made a promising start into the second race weekend this season although the conditions were not easy to deal with.
This weekend’s Gran Premio de la República Argentina, which is the first of two flyaway races on the American continent this month, got started in good and stable weather conditions. But the track’s conditions at the Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo got worse compared to last year. Lots of bumps spoil the riders’ fun around the fast and flowing 4.8 kilometres long South American circuit.
Despite the bumpy track conditions, 23-year-old Folger from Germany displayed an impressive performance again during the opening day of MotoGP’s round two this year. The Yamaha rider started fourth fastest in the morning whereas during FP2 in the afternoon, Folger and his crew tried all different tyre options for this weekend. In addition, he was able to improve his lap time by 0.5 seconds which saw him finishing day one in Río Hondo eight fastest overall.
The second race this year also marks the return to the series´ usual time schedule with FP3 and FP4 followed by the qualifying session on Saturday.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), FP1: P4 – 1´40.660 (19720) / FP2: P8 – 1´40.157 (18/20):
“Overall, I’m happy with my start into the weekend. However, we had to work a lot with the electronics in order to adjust the power delivery. In addition, we tried all tyre options regarding Sunday’s race. After day one I’m eight fastest so for this I’m quite satisfied as I’m again the fastest rookie. Of course, there is still room for further improvements. First and foremost, it’s the first part of the track where the tarmac is very bumpy particularly in corner exit of turn one into corner two. The situation there is really bad and there happened some falls which somehow scratched on my self-confidence.
“Compared to last year, the track’s condition has really deteriorated enormously. Aboard a MotoGP bike, the situation, of course, is more dramatic because of its much more power and therefore you have more spinning at the rear. In any case, you feel all these bumps a lot more in the bike, it becomes more nervous. So, this means that it’s really physically demanding and to find a smooth riding style. In the end, I set my fastest lap time with the softer tyre. But our pace is also quite strong with the harder option which obviously works well too. I think we did a good job today and I’m looking forward to tomorrow’s qualifying – my first in MotoGP.”
MotoGP™ GP Argentina – Combined Free Practice Times (FP1/FP2):
1 Maverick VINALES / SPA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 1´39.477
2 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA /Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 1´39.778 +0.301
3 Karel ABRAHAM / CZE / Pull&Bear Aspar Team / Ducati / 1´39.880 +0.403
8 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 1´40.157 +0.680
MotoGP™ GP Argentina – Time Schedule for Saturday, April 8th (CET):
14:55 – 15:40 FP3
18:30 – 19:00 FP4
19:10 – 19:25 Q1
19:35 – 19:50 Q2