#CatalanGP: “Actually, I always like Barcelona”
The 23-year-old German MotoGP™ rider looks forward to another emotional weekend with mixed feelings.
This weekend’s Gran Premi de Catalunya marks the championship’s return to the Barcelona circuit where Spaniard Luis Salom was killed in a tragic accident one year ago.
Although, just one week after the season’s classic race in Mugello, the series visit to the northern part of Spain is another highlight of the 18 races including calendar. Except for the sad incident last year, Jonas Folger has good memories of the re-designed 4.652 metres long Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.
Round seven marks at the same time the opening race for the second third of this year’s championship.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), Championship position 9th (41 position):
“I like this circuit and the city of Barcelona is one of my favourites anyway so, I’m looking forward to this Grand Prix, even if the break after Mugello was just enough to calm down the tension from there. Last winter, however, the Barcelona track was rebuilt in the last section. So, I’m already curious about the modified chicane there. Whilst some other teams were for testing in Barcelona after the Le Mans race and they are already familiarized with these modifications, it will be completely new for us. This is why Friday morning’s first free practice will be particularly important for us. In addition, during this session, I’m sure I’ll have Luis in my thoughts for some laps. Barcelona will be an emotional weekend once again.”
“Apart from that, I hope that this weekend we will be able to make significantly steps forward in order to catch the frontrunners, or that we can eye with a top eight finish on race day at least. At Mugello last weekend, things didn’t go easy for us as we lost a bit our way on Saturday as we were too much focussed looking for grip. This is why it is important for us that we have a more stable weekend in Barcelona than during the last races and to finish more towards to the front in the end. My good track knowledge about this circuit, except for the new chicane, should really help after I always did well here in the lower classes.”
MotoGP™ Zeitplan beim GP de Catalunya (MESZ):
Freitag, 9. Juni: 09:55 – 10:40 FP1
Freitag, 9. Juni 14:05 – 14:50 FP2
Samstag, 10. Juni: 09:55 – 10:40 FP3
Samstag, 10. Juni: 13:30 – 14:00 FP4
Samstag, 10. Juni: 14:10 – 14:25 QP1
Samstag, 10. Juni: 14:35 – 14:50 QP2
Sonntag, 11. Juni: 09:40 – 10:00 Warm Up
Sonntag, 11. Juni: 14:00 Rennen (25 Runden – 116,3 km)
Daten Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya:
Erstmals Schauplatz des GP de Catalunya: 1992
Streckenlänge: 4.652 Meter
Streckenbreite: 12 Meter
Längste Gerade: 1.047 Meter
Beste MotoGP™ Pole-Position: –
MotoGP™ Rundenrekord: –
Jonas Folger‘s Resultate 2016 (Moto2™): Startplatz 12 / 7.