British GP: Again Top Five
Although Jonas Folger was racing throughout the entire distance in the leading group last Sunday in the British GP, but he never could step in seriously in the fight for victory in Silverstone.
Whereas warm up session was held on a drying track but with still wet patches in some areas, weather conditions improved till the race got underway in the afternoon though cloudy skies remained with partially exceptions above the legendary Silverstone Circuit. Luckily, it remained dry for the rest of the day. After qualifying on Saturday afternoon in a rain hit session, Folger and his crew procured at the mixing ratios during warm up to get just an impression for the track’s conditions. Nevertheless, he was recorded with eight fastest lap time. However, till the start of the race at the almost six kilometres long circuit, the track dried out completely. The 23-year-old KALEX rider in German’s Dynavolt Intact GP outfit, who started from P3 in the first row, got the holeshot as the lights went out to lead the wild Moto2 pack for the opening lap. But Folger had to realize quickly that his speed wasn’t fast enough in order to fight at the fierce end of the competition in this race. He saw himself struggling to defend his position against his opponents. Finally, he won two positions as Johann Zarco and Sam Lowes had been involved in an accident in front of him. Whilst the English rider fell innocently, Zarco was added with a 30 second penalty to his total race time in retrospect.
This busy stage of the championship is set to continue immediately with the San Marino Grand Prix at the Italian Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli this weekend already.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Dynavolt Intact GP, KALEX), 5th (World Championship position 5th, 119 points):
“Honestly speaking, I’ve hoped for more today. But we weren’t competitive enough to fight for a podium again. The start was great and at first I had a good rhythm. But when I followed the guys in front of me, I tried to race the same lines as them. However, that didn’t work at all, so I went back to my own style. Indeed, my lap times were as fast as the top riders, but is was never enough to start an attack because couldn’t manage it to be on the brakes close enough. That was mainly because I had problems from mid-corner to corner exit and I was struggling with low grip and the balance of the bike too. For the latter issue I tried to find a solution by moving weight to rear but this affected the feeling with the bike negative. In the end I just tried to lose as few positions. Because of the incident between Johann and Sam I finished fifth finally. These are still important points for the championship but there didn’t come any joy about this top five result for sure.”
Moto2™ British GP – Race Classification 18 Laps:
1 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / Garage Plus Interwetten / KALEX / 38´49.473
2 Franco MORBIDELLI / ITA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / +0.856
3 Takaaki NAKAGAMI / JPN / IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia / KALEX / +1.179
5 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / +1.970
Moto2™ World Championship Standings:
1 Johann ZARCO / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / KALEX / 181
2 Alex RINS / SPA / Paginas Amarillas HP 40 / KALEX / 171
3 Sam LOWES / GBR / Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 / KALEX / 137
5 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / 119