Malaysian GP: Tyre puncture to cost possible podium finish
For Jonas Folger his visit to the picturesque Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit ended with a huge disappointment last Sunday, after he was able to put in a great performance during the race.
Marvellously weather conditions with bright skies couldn’t have been any reason for a little smile in his face after round 16 of this year’s Moto2 world series. Disappointment was that much too big, as Folger had to retire with three laps to go due to a puncture in his rear tyre. Because of that, he missed a possible podium in Australian.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (AGR Team, Kalex) – NC, World Championship position 5th (145 points):
“I’m that much disappointed because once again a tyre damage costs us a possible podium finish. However, until that point as the rear tyre lost air pressure suddenly, everything went so well. I’m sure that I didn’t hit something on track which could have damage the tyre or I didn’t anything else to destroy it. In respect to tyre wear and damage, we experienced almost all possible scenarios but to see just one split, which was that deep to lose air pressure, is something new for us. Even more a very sad for us. With three laps before the flag I realized something strange coming from rear in the last corner before the line before I almost crashed in turn one due to the same reason. However, along the next straight the tyre was already flat. I’m very, very annoyed because I went into the race without any great expectation after yesterday’s disappointing qualifying and even though this morning’s warm up didn’t bring significantly steps. But, during the race everything went so great with something big on the table for us, it was such a great race. I was able to motivate myself in the best way during the break until the start and my start was great too. During the opening laps I was able to pass some position before I found myself in third position for a rostrum finish. Shortly after that, Baldassari came quickly and took no longer time till he passed me. However, I was able to stay with him and I studied him carefully because my plan was to start a final lap attack. But, it didn’t happened because I had to retire before it came to the final stage. I’m pretty sure, that I would have been to snatch the final podiums position. Nevertheless, the outcome of this weekend it’s a great pity. Instead of recovering further points, I find myself in a situation again to take care about not losing fifth position in the overall standings. I’m happy that the series continues with the Sepang race in one week immediately where I was able to put in a great performance one year ago.”
Race Classification Moto2™ Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix:
1 Alex RINS / SPA / Paginas Amarillas HP 40 / Kalex / 39´00.084
2 Sam LOWES / GBR / Speed Up Racing / Speed Up / +6.633
3 Lorenzo BALDASSARI / ITA / Forward Racing / Kalex / +10.408
NC Jonas FOLGER / GER / AGR Team / Kalex
Moto2™ World Standings:
1 Johann ZARCO / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / Kalex / 318
2 Alex RINS / SPA / Paginas Amarillas / Kalex / 214
3 Tito RABAT / SPA / Estrella Galica 0,0 Marc VDS / Kalex / 206
5 Jonas FOLGER / GER / AGR Team / Kalex / 145