#GermanGP: ” I thought that I can beat him”
The surprising MotoGP™ rookie stormed as second to a stunning podium for the first time in just his ninth race in the premier class – it even could have been a Jonas Folger festival on Sunday.
In contrast to the previous days, the weather showed up more stable on Sunday. Despite dark skies it remained dry all day. With the fastest lap time during the warm up session in the morning, Jonas Folger already indicated that it is to count with him in his home race. By the way, Folger was very strong during all practice sessions this weekend. As soon the lights went out at 2:00 pm, it was nothing to be seen in terms of defensive riding during the initial stages of the race. Even more as the Yamaha rider did not hesitate to use his elbows in a battle with Danilo Petrucci.
After turn two, Folger pushed the stubborn Italian rider into the barriers finally and he started the pursuit on both Spaniards Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, who led the pack. In lap six, Folger suddenly took the lead from Marquez. The 23-year-old from Bavaria led the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland for four laps before he run wide in turn one. After this mistake, it did not take a full lap to be again on the rear of five-time World Champion Marc Marquez.
The German round marks halfway point of the season and at the same time, the championship heads into a four-weeks break now. Action returns early in August at the Brno circuit in the Czech Republic.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), 2nd (Championship position 7th, 71 points):
“I’m overwhelmed, I just gradually understand what I have achieved today. I was so strong in the dry all weekend, but today’s second place came a bit surprisingly though. It was the first time for me that I was in a position so close to the front. This, first, I had to get used to and I got it to feel right after the start how hard it is there. After the first corner I touched with Danilo, which also quite violent. I almost lost control of my bike. In the next corner, however, I strongly opposed and from this moment I pushed like a madman.”
“After our strong warm up this morning; I knew that we have a strong pace. Therefore, I was able to follow Marc and Dani easy. The third sector, however, was definitely my strongest point today. In this section I passed first Dani and a bit later Marc. So, suddenly I led the race – I could not believe that I would lead my home Grand Prix here at the Sachsenring in front of this enthusiastic crowd. It was such an incredible feeling. I could not hear the fans, but I could feel the enthusiasm – simply cool. But after a mistake in turn one I got passed by Marc and I lost something to him. But I was able to catch up him almost in the same lap. However, I stressed my tyres too much in this lap.”
“Finally, I decided to stay behind him because he has a lot more experience. On the other hand, I tried to safe my tyres, tried to ride different lines and adapt my riding to each situation. During this stage, it was a very instructive race for me. I was convinced that I could follow him till the end and start an attack in the last lap. I really believed in the fact that I can beat Marc today. But two laps from the finish line, unfortunately, it happened the same mistake in turn one. Marc was very strong on braking although the tyres were dropping down a lot, he was able to continue with his strong lap times. After I run wide in turn one, I lost one second to him, but I tried to close the gap again.”
“But in the penultimate lap I had to manage two, three big moments. Therefore, I thought to bring home this second place safely. It was a great race that provided lots of fun. It was a big experience to fight for the win with Marc and Dani. I’m so happy. A big thanks to my team, to all sponsors and to all who believe in me. It is a great success to be on the podium in just the first half of the season after my step from Moto2. Also thanks to all fans here at the Sachsenring, who attended this weekend despite the sometimes-adverse weather situation – these spectators are the best anyway.”
MotoGP™ Motorrad GP Deutschland – Race Classification after 30 Laps:
1 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 40´59.525
2 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / +3.310
3 Dani Pedrosa / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / +11.546
MotoGP™ World Standing 2017:
1 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 129
2 Maverick VINALES / SPA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 124
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Ducati Team / Ducati / 123
7 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 71