#AustrianGP: Jonas Folger remains confident despite tricky start in Spielberg
The 23-year-old German MotoGP™ rider endured a difficult opening into this weekend’s eleventh round set within the Austrian’s Alpes.
With changeable weather on the first day of action at the picturesque Austrian track, both Friday’s first free practice sessions were carried out on a mostly dry track. After a rain shower at lunch time, the 4.3 kilometres track dried out quickly for FP2 in the afternoon.
Jonas Folger started with the new chassis he and his crew in Monster Yamaha Tech 3 tested for the first time last Monday in Brno which he immediately felt comfortable on. But there were obviously disadvantages noticeable along the stop-and-go circuit in Styria.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), FP1: P13 – 1´25.282 (22/22) / FP2: P15 – 1´24.992 (15/15):
“The weekend began more difficult than expected because at this track, the hard-braking points are crucial and that is our weak point at the moment. The bike is very unstable under braking and the front tyre is often locking so it starts to stamp. Therefore, I can’t stop the bike as I would like to do. We went in the wrong direction today, or perhaps it was too soon to decide to use the new chassis at this particular track. We are thinking about preparing one bike with the old frame and the other one with the new one in order to make back-to-back tests tomorrow. In doing so, we should get a clearer picture of the situation. Before the Brno test we were already really fast with the old chassis which has a bit more stiffness. So, I’m not too worried and I’m sure we will find our way back on the right path. In addition, the weather will be more stable tomorrow which will certainly help us.”
MotoGP™ Motorrad GP von Österreich – Combined Free Practice Times (FP1/FP2):
1 Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Ducati Team / Dcuati / 1´24.046 (FP2)
2 Maverick VINALES / SPA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 1´24.280 +0.24 (FP2)
3 Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 1´24.474 +0.428 (FP2)
16 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 1´24.992 +0.946 (FP2)