Australian GP: Fastest on a washed-out Friday
Rain, strong winds and cold temperatures did affect Friday’s proceedings at Phillip Island. However, Jonas Folger had his reasons to cheer about day one in Down Under.
After two days under bright skies a change weather wise brought rain showers and cold temperatures to southern Australia. First free practice in the highly competitive Moto2 category took place in mixed condition with intermittent rain showers and a track starting to dry out before the next shower appeared. This was the game this morning. But in the afternoon heavy downpour flooded the track at some places which was first the reason for a delay in the schedule and finally the race direction was forced to cancel FP2. But before all that happened, Jonas Folger performed very strong in that much difficult conditions once again to set fastest lap time during the morning session. Friday’s best marker gives confidence for the remaining weekend anyway even though he and his crew are hoping for better weather for sure.
Moto2 schedule for Saturday now sees an extended free practice in the morning with one-hour track time for teams and riders to prepare for race day. Qualifying practice is set to decide the starting grid as usual in the afternoon.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Kalex), FP1: P1 – 1´47.629 (10/11) / FP2: – :
“Due to these conditions it was particularly a difficult start to the weekend. Winds are normally not an unknown affair at this track but in combination with the heavy rain, conditions were very special out there today. You had to ride very precise and with a lot of feeling. For this I tried nothing to risk and in doing so I was able to build up a good rhythm. Obviously it’s pity that we had just one practice today but I think it was the right decision. In the afternoon it would have been pretty dangerous because of the heavy rain. We all hope now for a better weather tomorrow. Anyway, it’s a nice feeling to conclude day one of practice with the fastest lap time even though I did it in the rain.”
Moto2™ Combined Free Practice Times FP1/FP2:
1 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / 1´47.629 (FP1)
2 Danny KENT / GBR / Leopard Racing / KALEX / 1´47.798 +0.169 (FP1)
3 Johann ZARCO / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / KALEX / 1´48.129 +0.500 (FP1)
Moto2™ Time Schedule for Saturday 21st October (CET):
02:10 – 03:10 FP3
07:05 – 07:50 QP