#AustrianGP: More positive start into the race
During Saturday’s qualifying, Jonas Folger made a clear leap forward so, the 25-year-old Moto2™ returnee targets a strong race at the red-white-red coloured Red Bull Ring.
Jonas Folger and his experienced crew in the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Team are gradually making the expected progress. After significant improvements during the final free practice session this morning, Folger missed Q2 in the afternoon by just two tenths of a second. During the first 15-minute timed session Q1, however, he was unable to improve any further and finished in eighth place.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (PETRONAS Sprinta Racing, KALEX), Startplatz 22 – 1´29.587 (7/10):
“Actually, we started well into the second day here in Spielberg. However, it quickly turned out that I was running against a wall in terms to better my lap times. But the gaps are extremely close at this track. Unfortunately, I didn’t manage to repeat or even improve my lap time from FP3. So, I can’t be surprised that I’ve to start P22 tomorrow. At least, we’re some rows more ahead on the starting grid now compared to the last races. But the reason why I wasn’t able to improve further, it’s hard to say. We’re still evaluating the data.”
“My crew is working really hard so that we can improve step by step and they also try everything to give me a better feeling with the bike. But that doesn’t happen in the twinkling of an eye. The race promises to be an incredibly close affair. I think if I’ve a good start and can make up a few positions straight away, then I should be able to race with the wild pack in the middle of the field. The chances are really good to finally make it more towards to the front and to hold my own there keeping the pace with these guys. So, I’m hoping for a good start and that I won’t make any mistakes.”
#AustrianGP Moto2™ – Qualifying Results:
1 Testuta NAGASHIMA / JPN / ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team / KALEX / 1´28.718
2 Brad BINDEr / RSA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 1´28.791 +0.073
3 Somkiat CHANTRA / THA / IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia / KALEX / 1´28.856 +0.138
22 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / PETRONAS Sprinta Racing / KALEX / 1´29.587 (Q1)
#AustrianGP Moto2™ – Time Schedule for Sunday August 10th (CET):
08:50 – 09:10 Warm-Up
12:20 Race (25 Laps – 107,950 km)