#DutchGP: Focus on home grand prix
For Jonas Folger, Sunday’s race at Assen’s Cathedral of Speed was one to forget.
For Jonas Folger, the race weekend in the north of the Netherlands not far from the German border was gruelling. Unusual problems regarding to the bike’s setup prevented him from impressing with his usual strong basic speed at ease. The race itself went similar to his debut with the Malaysian PETRONAS Sprinta Racing two weeks ago in Barcelona though, in principle, after a chaotic opening lap, it was already over for him.
The last race on his return to racing for the time is to come with the Motorcycle Grand Prix Germany at the legendary Sachsenring in just one week.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (PETRONAS Sprinta Racing, KALEX), P17:
“Throughout the weekend we had trouble to work out a suitable setup. At some points we were completely lost. These circumstances, of course, had an extremely unfavourable effect on the feeling and confidence. Besides, we ran out of time because we couldn’t get a green branch in the warm-up. So, it wasn’t a pleasant situation to turn it around in the race. However, my start was much better than last time in Barcelona. Up to the turn five, I was doing well. But on the back straight, one rider almost crashed right in front of me. I think it was Bo Bendsneyder who came together with another rider. I myself was already on the white line and I had no other choice than to run through the green. When I was back on track, I was last again.”
“Therefore, the whole race was similar to the Barcelona one. Then I struggled till the end to set decent lap times. In addition, there were issues with the gearbox as gears jumped out very often. That was really annoying, even though many other riders complained about the same difficulties. Nevertheless, it didn’t make things any easier for me. Overall, Assen was an unusually difficult weekend. I would have hoped for much more. So, we have to analyse the situation carefully and find a solution for the Sachsenring. Apart from that, the move to Moto2 isn’t as easy as I’ve thought.”
#DutchGP Moto2™ – Race Classification after 24 Laps:
1 Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / FLEXBOX HP 40 / KALEX / 39´24.779
2 Brad BINDER / RSA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / +0.612
3 Luca MARINI / ITA / SKY Racing Team VR46 / KALEX / +3.686
17 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / PETRONAS Sprinta Racing / KALEX / +51.405
Moto2™ World Standing:
1 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / KALEX / 117
2 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALEX / 111
3 Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX / 92