#BritishGP: “Primed for British GP challenge”
The German MotoGP™ rookie, who turned 24 on race day in Austria two weeks ago, is determined to make up lost ground in England this weekend.
After a hectic start to the second half of the season with back-to-back races in the Czech Republic and Austria, the championship returns to racing this weekend as the series crosses the channel for this weekend’s round twelve, the British Grand Prix. The traditional Silverstone Circuit in Northamptonshire is a hub of two-wheel racing and the 5,900 metres long circuit at the former Royal Air Force airfield is rightly called the «Home of British Racing».
Jonas Folger, however, finds himself under certain pressure as the first races after the summer break have not gone according to plan. In order to prevent technical issues like last time in Spielberg, the entire brake system has been changed on his Yamaha YZF-M1. Beyond that, Folger is expecting an upgrade with regard to the aerodynamic this weekend. Apart from this news, the 24-year-old rider promises much of this weekend, not only due to that fact when he succeeded in former years at the ultra-fast and flowing Silverstone Circuit. In 2016, still competing in Moto2™ class, he stormed to the front row and concluded the visit to England in fifth place last year.
The British MotoGP™ race will start on Sunday at 4:30 pm CET.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), Championship position 8th (77 points):
“After the unfortunate conclusion of the weekend in Austria last time, obviously, I hope for a more pleasant outcome here in Silverstone. The entire team is looking forward to the British Grand Prix and we will give it 100 percent to get a strong result. I’m very confident that we will be back fighting and after the last two races in Spielberg and the week before in Brno, which both did not go to plan, a decent points scoring finish has to finally come. So, I’m convinced that we can really show our true potential in England again because Silverstone is a track I like a lot and which provides a lot of fun too. In addition, I can count on some nice memories, including my first-ever victory in Grand Prix racing back in 2011 in 125cc class as well as some other strong results. I also hope that we can try the new winglets that we are going to get for Silverstone. I’m really looking forward to this upgraded aerodynamic package and to work with it. In any case, I’m sure that our hard work will bring us back to the top and I’m excited for the challenge of the British GP.”
MotoGP™ Time Schedule British GP (CET):
Friday, 25 August: 10:55 – 11:40 FP1
Friday, 25 August: 15:05 – 15:55 FP2
Saturday, 26 August: 10:55 – 11:40 FP3
Saturday, 26 August: 14:30 – 15:00 FP4
Saturday, 26 August: 15:10 – 15:25 QP1
Saturday, 26 August: 15:35 – 15:50 QP2
Sunday, 27 August: 12:00 – 12:20 Warm Up
Sunday, 27 August: 16:30 Race (20 Laps – 118 km)
Facts Silverstone Circuit:
First time venue for the British GP: 1977, since 2010
Length: 5,900 meters
Width: 15 meters
Longest Straight: 770 meters
Left corners: 8
Right corners: 10
Best MotoGP™ Pole Position: 2’00.234 (2015)
MotoGP™ Circuit Lap record: 2´01.941 (2013)
Jonas Folger‘s Results 2016 (Moto2™): Grid position 3rd / 5th