#FrenchGP: “Strange feeling somehow to start from 15th”
Despite incredible strong qualifying laps, Jonas Folger didn’t succeed to jump into Q2 this time so 15th spot on the grid is somewhat of a bitter outcome of Saturday’s qualifying.
On day two of practice at the Grand Prix de France, the home race of Jonas Folger’s Monster Yamaha Tech3 team, the weather appeared in a much friendlier way. However, Saturday began with cool temperatures but it remained dry despite some partly dark skies.
Jonas Folger opened Saturday’s proceedings with 16th fastest lap time in third free practice. During FP4, under acceptable conditions thanks to increased temperatures finally, the 23-year-old German MotoGP™ rider was one second off the pace before he crashed towards the end of the session but without any consequences for Q1, which was the last chance to qualify for Q2. In the end, however, he missed three tenths of a second to make the step into the second timed session which decided starting positions in the first four rows.
Starting time for Sunday’s round five of the series is scheduled as usual for 2:00 pm.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), Grid position 15th – 1´32.695 (8/8):
“How should I say, I can’t be really satisfied with today’s outcome because I would have ended up in 6th position with my lap time after Q2. But on the other hand, I have to admit that there were exceptionally many strong riders in Q1 today. Therefore, it wasn’t a surprise that the lap times were extremely fast. I was really strong in my last two laps as the times underline, the best of this weekend so far for sure. So, for this I’m happy but next time we must perform stronger during FP3 because today we might have missed to go through Q2 due to this. In any case, however, it is somewhat of a strange feeling to start from P15 on the grid though other riders did a slower lap time during qualifying.”
“P15 is truly not the best starting position but the race distance is quite long here, so I’m sure that I will make progress during these 28 laps. There is plenty of time to recover positions. As said, our pace is strong and in comparison, with Johann (Zarco), we are not far off. At this point, congratulations to him for his outstanding performance during this weekend. To start from front row in his home race, deserves respect. He is lapping very constant but in terms of lap times we follow him. Therefore, I think we are well prepared for the race. I feel comfortable with the bike though we will try some things during tomorrow’s warm up in order to see how and in which areas we can further improve. By the way, my crash during FP4 didn’t matter anyway. In general, it’s difficult to heat up new tyres at this track. This caused today’s fall.”
MotoGP™ GP de France – Qualifying Results:
1 Maverick VINALES / SPA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 1´31.994
2 Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 1´32.100 +0.106
3 Johann ZARCO / FRA / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 1´32.229 +0.235
15 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 1´32.695 (Q1)