#CzechGP: Full attack from fifth row
A not correctly set countdown at his dashboard was costly in terms of a better grid position for Sunday’s race in Brno.
After Friday with mixed weather condition, summer returned to the south of Moravia for day two of action at the marvellous Czech track. At hot temperatures, the qualification runs for the best grid positions was just as hotly contested. In the heat of the battle, proverbially spoken, Jonas Folger’s mechanic crew happened a momentous mistake. The countdown for the remaining practice time at the dashboard did not exactly match with the official time keeping. Because of this error, the Yamaha rider was just two seconds too late in his supposedly penultimate lap. This ultimately cost him the qualification for Q2, in which the first four rows on the grid are decided. Previously, however, the sensational MotoGP™ rookie underlined not only with second fastest lap time during FP4 that it also was to count with him today.
The lights will go out for the first race after the long summer break as usual on Sunday at 2:00 pm.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), Grid position 14th – 1´56.540 (3/6):
“Of course, I’m disappointed about the outcome of today. I was on the best way to make the jump into the second qualifying session once again. At the end of Q1, it was partly my fault because I relied on the time display at my dashboard. This, however, did not exactly match with the official time. So, I crossed the finish line two seconds too late. But, I thought, that I’m in time for another lap and therefore I put in a really hot lap finally. This lap time would have been enough to go through Q2. Until now, I have always trusted the countdown on my dashboard but today the timing for the final time attack unfortunately did not fit completely.”
“In my supposedly penultimate lap I was between Karel Abraham and Bradley Smith. I did not want to overtake Abraham at halfway because he already had tried it for several times to follow me. Nevertheless, in the last uphill section I passed him and then, I checked the remaining time on my dashboard again. At this point, I was well in time, even also when I crossed the finish line, my countdown still showed five seconds. I did not even notice that I already got the chequered flag. But before, I missed the direct jump for Q2 during the final third free practice when I pulled Loris Baz to his fastest practice time. This was perhaps a bit unlucky, because he pushed me one place outside of the top ten in the combined practice times.”
“But it is annoying, that we have failed to qualify for a much better starting position due to these circumstances. Anyway, I headed into qualifying with the attitude to achieve a strong and good starting position. Unfortunately, this did not work out. Therefore, I must hope for an excellent start tomorrow. No matter how the weather is going to be tomorrow, I have to overtake a lot of riders to get the result that I target since going into this weekend and for which we are able under normal circumstances. Due to the given situation, however, it is not easy to achieve it. At the moment, our pace is not so bad either. From this point of view, it should be possible to make my way from fifth row into the top eight. But I’m not sure, how far I can improve when I’m following other riders. Currently, I’m lacking confidence with the front, as well as the turning is still not perfect. If we can still solve these issues then I can take another step and increase my pace. But to finish the race in the top eight is definitely my goal for tomorrow.”
MotoGP™ GP Ceské republiky – Qualifying Results:
1 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 1´54.981
2 Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 1´55.073 +0.092
3 Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 1´55.119 +0.138
14 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 1´56.540 (Q1)