GP Ceske republiky: Tyre Performance affects qualifying
For Jonas Folger, Saturday’s qualifying session in Brno was almost an unsolvable task. Anyway the 23-year-old was able to qualify for third row on the grid.
The weather didn’t change so much on Saturday in comparison to the day before. During the final free practice cold temperatures determined the proceedings on track. Jonas Folger didn’t get affected by the weather and ended up the penultimate preparation for qualifying in second position. Until the beginning of the timed session it got a lot warmer. With hot temperatures in Brno you need a softer tyre option to get fast lap times anyway. But with the negative consequence that the tyre only lasts for a couple of laps. But Folger and his crew had only one of this type available with which he immediately put in his best lap at the beginning of the qualifying. For the remaining time it was just hopeless to improve on his lap time. Folger is going to start the race on Sunday from seventh position on the grid though he was recorded with the ninth fastest lap time, but due to some wrongdoing of Kent, the English rider was banned to 16th starting position. In addition, Thomas Lüthi has to sit out for the race because of a nasty crash during qualifying. Luckily the Swiss rider escaped unharmed, but has to stay in the hospital for one night for observation.
The eleventh race of the season is going to start on Sunday at 12.20am as usual. The distance leads over 20 demanding laps on the switchback in the South of the Czech Republic.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Kalex), Grid position 7th – 2´02.293 (3/14):
“The condition of the tarmac here in Brno is completely different than last time out in Spielberg. So the performance of the tyres is decisive again. For the qualifying we only had one softer tyre available. With this we started the session and I immediately did my fastest lap time. I was well aware this type is going to decompose quickly. After three laps the time attack was finished already. Afterwards we put on a used No. 1 type, but the situation didn’t change. The short break in the end didn’t help with this. Anyway I ask myself how the rivals were able to improve in the end of the session. I would wonder if they were doing these times even with used tyres. Now we have to find some more grip until the race. I’ll try to adjust my riding style to get over the longer distance. I think we can be able to improve with some more weight. More weight on the rear means I’ll slide less and the tyre is going to last longer. But as soon as the tyre is worn I feel lost. It’s for sure possible the weather changes and it’s going to rain tomorrow. But I want to be fast for the whole distance in the dry as well.”
Moto2™ Qualifying Classification:
1 Johann ZARCO / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / KALEX / 2´01.581
2 Sam LOWES / GBR / Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 / KALEX / 2´01.614 +0.033
3 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / 2´01.831 +0.250
8 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / 2´02.293 +0.712