#DutchGP: “I was arleady sixth in Barcelona, why not this Sunday again”
The 23-year-old German MotoGP™ rider heads very expectantly into this weekend’s round eight at Assen’s famous TT Circuit.
After his strongest weekend so far this season in Barcelona two weeks ago, Jonas Folger heads into the championship’s visit to the northern part of the Netherlands with increased self-confidence. A one-day post-race test in Barcelona also brought valuable information that would benefit him and his Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team to their advantage.
The Dutch round has the longest history in the calendar. Since the introduction of the World Championship back in 1949, Assen was the venue for a Grand Prix every year. This Sunday’s time schedule includes a slightly change as the race is set to get underway at 1:00 pm which means one hour earlier than to the usual schedule.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), Championship position 8th (51 points):
“I’m pretty sure that Assen will be a good weekend for us because the TT Circuit meets the strength of our Yamaha. Apart from the first section, the layout is very fast and flowing and the these many corners with high lean angle for a long time are really an advantage for our package. Hopefully the weather will be good because in Assen it is often very changeable and the rain makes it difficult to forecast. Nevertheless, the team and I want to continue in the same way as we did in Barcelona. Two weeks ago, we made good progress, which made it possible to be constant over the entire weekend. We want to confirm this step before we go to my home race in just one week.”
“Our test after the Barcelona weekend was also very positive. We tried a new chassis which was actually our main task last Monday, and I’m glad that we did it. It offers more stability on the brakes whilst it has a few disadvantages in turning. In any case, we went back to our standard chassis and then we worked on a engine mapping which should help us during the later stages of a race. We also have found something, which makes the throttle connection more smooth, but still providing a better traction. Apart from that, we have worked with tyre pressure to find out a range that is better for my riding. A fall happened, when we were out with low tyre pressure showed that this doesn’t work for us. But this incident had no serious consequences. Overall, our stay in Barcelona was very positive and successful and I think that all the gathered information there will help us in Assen. So, the target is to repeat our results from the last race weekend. In Barcelona, I finished sixth why not this Sunday again.”
MotoGP™ Zeitplan TT Assen (MESZ):
Freitag, 23. Juni: 09:55 – 10:40 FP1
Freitag, 23. Juni 14:05 – 14:50 FP2
Samstag, 24. Juni: 09:55 – 10:40 FP3
Samstag, 24. Juni: 13:30 – 14:00 FP4
Samstag, 24. Juni: 14:10 – 14:25 QP1
Samstag, 24. Juni: 14:35 – 14:50 QP2
Sonntag, 25. Juni: 09:10 – 09:30 Warm Up
Sonntag, 25. Juni: 13:00 Rennen (26 Runden – 118,43 km)
Daten TT Circuit:
Erstmals Schauplatz der TT Assen (früher Dutch TT): 1949
Streckenlänge: 4.555 Meter
Streckenbreite: 14 Meter
Längste Gerade: 487 Meter
Beste MotoGP™ Pole-Position: 1’32.627 (2105)
MotoGP™ Rundenrekord: 1´33.617 (2015)
Jonas Folger‘s Resultate 2016 (Moto2™): Startplatz 9 / 10.