#GermanGP: On race day at the home round finally to turn up the heat
From Jonas Folger’s point of view, Saturday’s qualifying at the curvy Sachsenring was a reflection of the last two races.
During free practice sessions, Jonas Folger was able to sweep the tens of thousands of fans at the grandstands along the 3.6-kilometre circuit to storms of enthusiasm. In the pre-decisive Q1, the World Championship returnee was able to further improve his lap time though, the hoped-for leap forward in the starting grid failed to materialise.
The last race before the summer break will start on Sunday as usual at 12:20 CET.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (PETRONAS Sprinta Racing, KALEX), Grid position 20th – 1´24.233 (5/11):
“Although I honestly expected a bit more for qualifying, the weekend as a whole is very encouraging. In Q1, I was able to improve my lap time by one tenth of a second. But in the end, it was only enough to end up in 20th on the starting grid. That’s a bit disappointing. But this class is incredibly tight, the gaps are that close. That’s why it takes a bit of luck either, to start the one or the other row further towards the front. Nevertheless, we’ve constantly improved, even though the competition has obviously taken the bigger steps. Now we’ve to find out where we are losing the time or why we don’t want to be with the them when it counts. It’s a shame because we were really strong during the free practice sessions and we also were able to put in a strong lap time in qualifying. So, it’s hard for me to accept P20 for tomorrow’s race. Once again, we’ve got some guys in front of us whose pace can’t keep up with ours.”
“From that point of view, it’s important to stay positive and to start well tomorrow as well as I’ve to avoid making any mistakes during the opening laps, like I did last time, and then trying to get to the front. Compared to the last two races in Barcelona and Assen I feel much better prepared for the race day here at the Sachsenring. Every day with this bike and my crew is an enormously help for me. I learn with every lap and that’s in generally helps us to move forward. I’m simply still missing too much with regard to the usual race mode. The fact that Moto2 is that tight is another obstacle to find us placed at the front. We’re there at the beginning of a weekend, but when it comes down to it, the others obviously have more reserves. However, we won’t give up our home round for a long time yet, as we will try to learn as much as we can tomorrow again and to achieve a decent result finally.”
#GermanGP Moto2™ – Qualifying Results:
1 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 1´23.585
2 Luca MARINI / ITA / SKY Racing Team VR46 / KALEX / 1´23.664 +0.079
3 Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / 1´23.667 +0.082
20 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / PETRONAS Sprinta Racing / KALEX / 1´24.233 (Q1)