#CatalanWorldSBK: Successful start for the first-time racing in Superbike World Championship
On day one of practice at his WorldSBK debut, Jonas Folger was mainly concerned with the move to the World Championship bike, which he was not used to.
The 27-year-old German, however, pulled out of the affair himself very considerably. Jonas Folger finished the first free practice sessions at the well-known Grand Prix circuit not far from Barcelona in 15th place, which he achieved in dry conditions in FP1, whereas rainy weather in the afternoon made it difficult for further progressing, especially with regard to the set-up work. Folger has known the Yamaha Superbike for a long time as a training bike for himself as well as race machine in International German Motorcycle Championship. However, the differences to the YZF R1, as it is used in the World Championship, are profoundly serious.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Bonovo action powerd by MGM Racing, Yamaha YZF R1), FP1: P15 – 1´43.664 / FP2: P15 – 1´57.555:
“After the first day, I think we can now look forward to the remaining weekend with much more confidence. But before on-track action got started this morning, tension was very noticeable, as it was a completely new challenge for me in many ways. First and foremost because the bike is so different, and it also feels completely different from my IDM bike. All in all, I am satisfied with what we have achieved today. Without prior testing, we ended up only 1.5 seconds off the top guys in FP1 and on a wet track the gap was the same. This is certainly something to be proud of. But apart from that there is still plenty of room for improvements. But we still have a lot of work to do. Mainly we have to get the electronic settings much better. This includes the power delivery, which is still a big issue. Hopefully, we will make significant progress in this area tomorrow, so that we also make a big step forward.”
#CatalanWorldSBK – Superbike Combined Free Practice Times (FP1/FP2):
1 Toprak RAZGATGLIOGLU / TUR / PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team / Yamaha YZF R1 / 1´42.140 (FP1)
2 Michael van der MARK / NED / PATA YAMAHA WorldSBK Official Team / Yamaha YZF R1 / 1´42.309 +0.169 (FP1)
3 Garrett GERLOFF / USA / GRT Yamaha WorldSBK Junior Team / Yamaha YZF R1 / 1´42.478 +0.338 (FP1)
15 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Bonovo Action by MGM Racing / Yamaha YZF R1 / 1´43.664 +1.524 (FP1)
#CatalanWorldSBK – Time Schedule for September 19th (CET):
09:00 – 09:20 FP3
11:00 – 11:25 Superpole
14:00 Race 1