#DutchGP: Highlight of the day with third fastest
During Friday morning’s FP1, Jonas Folger gave a strong sign of life.
After cold weather on the previous days, the summer has reached the north of the Netherlands in time for the start of the season’s eighth championship meeting. Therefore, the opening day at the historic TT Circuit in Assen took place in good conditions with pleasant temperatures. The first free session also brought a big surprise. As in his best times, Jonas Folger stormed to third place. With this performance he even amazed himself. In the afternoon he and his crew of the Malaysian PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Team found another two tenths of a second. At the end of the day, the 25-year-old found himself in P14 of the combined timesheets. If he manages to defend this position during Saturday’s FP3, then Folger would have made it through Q2 in what is his second race after a long absence from racing.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (PETRONAS Sprinta Racing, KALEX), FP1: P3 – 1´38.199 (16/19) / FP2: P14 – 1´37.982 (14/18):
“Of course, this was a very pleasing start into the weekend, which exceeded all expectations. Apparently, I arrived in Assen well warmed up. Although the two-day test with Yamaha at Misano was very exhausting, it was incredibly fun riding the MotoGP Yamaha since a while. It was a very productive two-day outing, we did a lot of laps and tried lots of different things. But after the first practice this morning we were honestly a little surprised ourselves. None of us expected us to finish in the top three. But FP1 also showed that we’re gradually moving into an area where it’s all about balance subtleties. In the afternoon we made several attempts in this respect. That was very important as we now know which direction to take.”
“In addition, we have to fine-tune the suspension. In contrast to most other racetracks, the gear ratio requires more effort than elsewhere. This track has its own character and no team has ever ridden with the new Moto2 here before. Therefore, this part takes more time. In our case, however, we are still a little wrong in this respect. So, we’ll have a look how other teams chose their gear ratios today so that we can find a compromise in this point. But I’m confident that we’ll find a good solution before qualifying anyway. Until then, I’d also like to set low 1´37. After today’s strong times this, of course, it’s the logical goal for tomorrow.”
#DutchGP Moto2™ – Combined Free Practice Times FP1/FP2:
1 Brad BINDER / RSA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / 1´37.398 (FP2)
2 Remy GARDNER / AUS / ONEXOX TKKR SAG Team / KALEX / 1´37.530 +0.132 (FP2)
3 Sam LOWES / GBR / Federal Oli Gresini Moto2 / KALEX / 1´37.592 + 0.194 (FP2)
14 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / PETRONAS Sprinta Racing / KALEX / 1´37.982 +0.584 (FP2)