#GermanGP: Fantastic second row start at the Sachsenring rollercoaster
Just one week after his great sixth starting position in Assen, Jonas Folger topped with 5th spot on the grid his best qualifying result this season so far.
But first, Jonas Folger made it through Q2 as third fastest during the final free practice session on Saturday morning. The rising MotoGP™ rookie proved to be very strong and constant on a dry track this weekend. But intermittent rain showers shortly after lunch time worried the 23-year-old for qualifying. However, Folger did everything right when he got a fast rear, following the reigning champion Marc Marquez, who stormed to his eight Sachsenring pole position.
This Sunday, the timetable will return to the normal one. Therefore, starting time for the final race before the summer break is scheduled for 2:00 pm.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), Grid position 5th – 1´28.210 (8/10):
“First of all, I must say that I’m very happy. Actually, I did not expect to qualify for fifth. The fact that I’m also able to achieve my best qualifying result so far in my home race, make things even more nice. After this morning’s FP3 in the dry, I did not expect a rainy qualifying and when it started to rain, I was not sure how I will do on a wet track. I did not have the best feeling in the rain yesterday. In addition, I noticed that already in Q1 the lap times were incredible fast. This also made me feel a little confused.”
“So, Q1 showed very clearly that the grip level in the wet is very high. Therefore, I tried to trust in the rain tyres and in the new tarmac from the very first lap. Finally, I was able to follow Marc (Marquez), studying his lines and his riding style. In doing so, I was able to put in a fast lap. But in this lap, I may have stressed my tyres too much. In the last few laps, I still was behind Marc, but there was no more left to do better. Let’s say, there was the air out of the tyres. I still pushed to the limit and I also was able to stay with him in right corners, but during the left turns, I was lost because the tyres already were quite off. I think, that a stop for changing the tyres would have cost too much time. I have been thinking about but finally I wasted this plan.”
“No matter if it will dry or wet tomorrow, we are fairly well prepared and competitive for all possible conditions. We showed again that we have a good speed and we are doing great, we have done everything right so far. Before we went into this weekend, I might have expected some more pressure, maybe. But I feel much more relaxed than last year here at my home race. We do a great job, I trust in my crew and, of course, in our work. Many people have thought that I would break under the pressure of racing at home. But ultimately, I enjoy it a lot as well as the enthusiasm of these fantastic fans. In the end, I must admit that I feel less pressure than in the past and I feel much more comfortable now. So, I’m looking forward to a great race day tomorrow, no matter how the weather will appear.”
MotoGP™ Motorrad GP Deutschland – Qualifying Classification:
1 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 1´27.302
2 Danilo PETRUCCI / ITA / OCTO Pramac Racing / Ducati / 1´27.462 +0.16
3 Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 1´27.949 +0.647
5 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 1´28.210 +0.908