#GermanGP: Points narrowly missed in home round
Jonas Folger rounded off his temporary comeback into racing with a significant increase over the two previous grand prix.
Although Jonas Folger will disappear from the scene again for the time being, he left strong impressions during this weekend at his home Grand Prix at the legendary Sachsenring. The 25-year-old is definitely on his way back to his old strength. In the last race before the summer break, Folger missed his first World Championship point since more than one year and a half by a ridiculous second in 17th place. But much more pleasing is the fact that his guest appearance in the Malaysian PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Team has kindled his fire again. Folger is now seriously working on a return for next year.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (PETRONAS Sprinta Racing, KALEX), P17:
“I’m very satisfied with my performance today and it was a great experience for me personally to be at the Sachsenring again. This weekend was by far better than Assen and Barcelona. I’m happy that I’ve significantly improved my riding skills and I’m also happy that it was the first race in which I raced more aggressively and had a lot more self-confidence. I’m getting back into race mode more and more. This was clearly to see in the early stages of the race because I was far less reticent. That’s why I lost a lot of positions at the beginning in each of the last two races.”
“So, the fighting spirit is gradually coming back. In addition, our pace would have been enough to finish in the top ten. That also means an important improvement, as it is underlined by our gap to the race winner’s time. For my third race in my comeback, that’s okay. So now it’s a matter of focusing my practice much more on the current Moto2 class with the new Triumph engines. I just have to increase my feeling for this package and its characteristics. This should also be the first step towards the preparations for next year. Until then I have to find a suitable team. I’ve got the desire to race again. During the last three races I quickly realised that the fire is still there. In the meantime, however, the urge and willingness for racing has become all the stronger. Occasionally we’ve shown very clearly that there’s potential to be at the front of the field. But it takes time to be there again. In no case this step can’t be done after one-and-a-half year off in only three races.”
“But I’ve noticed that the passion has been rekindled and that I’ll soon be able to return to my former strength. Therefore, from now on I’ll intensify my training and do everything in my power to find a powerful package for next year. I really want to return to this championship. Finally, my thanks to everyone who made this temporary comeback possible for me. Thanks to the Petronas team for the warm welcome and again to Yamaha for giving me their allowance to race these three races at all. Congratulations to Marcel. I’m happy for him that he could finally enjoy this indescribable feeling of being on the podium at the home race.”
#GermanGP Moto2™ – Race Classification after 28 Laps:
1 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 39´35.101
2 Brad BINDER / RSA / Red Bull KTM Ajo / KTM / +1.208
3 Marcel SCHRÖTTER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / +1.630
17 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / PETRONAS Sprinta Racing / KALEX / +18.232
Moto2™ World Standing:
1 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / KALWX / 136
2 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / KALEX / 128
3 Augusto FERNANDEZ / SPA / KALEX / 102