On Sunday afternoon in sunny conditions, Jonas Folger missed out the top 15 by just 0.210 seconds despite determined efforts.
On the sixth race Sunday of the 2021 World Superbike Championship Jonas Folger and his Bonovo Action / MGM Racing Performance team were able to make slight progress at the Autodrom Most in northern Bohemia. After Folger’s fall on Saturday morning things turned out a little bit more difficult to put away this misshape than he would have liked though, the 27-year-old BWM rider ended up 17th in the warm-up and in doing so, he began to build up a feeling for his BMW M 1000 RR again.
He then started the Superpole race from 21st spot on the starting grid and made up a few positions right away. At the end of the sprint race Folger crossed the finish line in 18th position. After the first lap of the second main race of round six of this year’s campaign, the Bavarian rider was already in 17th place and fought his way up to P16 after just three laps. Folger fought doggedly to still reach the points scoring positions but could not find a way past his direct front runner.
After a weekend off, WorldSBK is back on track at the Circuito de Navarra from August 20-22. Like Most this weekend, the Spanish circuit is new to the calendar though, Folger and his team, like many other Superbike riders, have already had the chance to get to know the circuit in northwest Spain.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Bonovo Action / MGM Racing Performance, BMW M 1000 RR)
Superpole-Race: P18 / Race 2: P16
“The second main race was the best of the whole weekend, even if it did not go quite as I had imagined. In contrast to Assen, we experienced another difficult weekend here. It is a shame because it would have started well. But the crash in FP3 unfortunately set us back. I then struggled to get back into the swing of things and set fast lap times. It was not until this afternoon that the situation improved a little bit. But in terms of handling, braking and corner exit, I struggled with the bike. We are finding it extremely difficult to find a way around that. Of course, I would like to be consistently in the points, and I hope we can find a solution in the near future so we can take the next step forward.”
“After the first practices I started to like this track. But after my crash in FP3 and the retirement in the first race on Saturday afternoon, I am thinking about changing my mind. In the corner where I crashed, I was forced to wait until the session’s conclusion. It was doubly annoying that my bike was not taken away and returned to the garage earlier either. So, a good half of an hour passed before my mechanics could finally start to fix it. It was no difference in the afternoon when the engine blew up and I had to park my bike at the same place. Again, I had no choice but to watch the race there. At least there was someone to talk to later when Johnny Rea crashed there.”
#CZEWorldSBK - Superpole Race Classification (10 Laps):
1 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU / TUR / Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK / Yamaha YZF R1 / 15´28.861
2 Scott REDDING / GBR / Aruba.it Racing - Ducati / Ducati Panigale V4 R / +0.496
3 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK / Kawasaki ZX-10RR / +1.384
18 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Bonovo Action MGM Racing Performance / BMW M 1000 RR / +30.804
#CZEWorldSBK - Race 2 Classification (22 Laps):
1 Scott REDDING / GBR / Aruba.it Racing - Ducati / Ducati Panigale V4 R / 34´06.298
2 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU / TUR / Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK / Yamaha YZF R1 / +3.587
3 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK / Kawasaki ZX-10RR / +12.460
16 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Bonovo Action MGM Racing Performance / BMW M 1000 RR / +54.354
1 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki / 266
2 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU / TUR / Yamaha / 263
3 Scott REDDING / GBR / Ducati / 216
19 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / BMW / 8