GP France: Third row start after complicated qualifying
It wasn’t just an early crash during the timed session which robbed Jonas Folger all chances to qualify better than for the eight spot on the grid.
Folger, who currently lies in fifth position in the World Standings, was also able to display his incredible speed on day two of practice at the French GP. However, he paid his aggressive rides with two crashes during both sessions today. In both cases, Folger lost the front without any warnings. Whilst the low-sider this morning had absolutely no consequences neither to the rider else to the bike, his technical staff in Dynavolt Intact GP was forced to show skill and promptness this afternoon as the team’s Kalex Moto2 was pretty damaged after Folger’s second crash today. But Folger was able to continue his session with ten minutes to go and in doing so, he speedy recovered as his first flying lap was just 0.5 seconds than his best effort thus far. This clearly underlines the team’s professional level. Although after he nearly crashed twice again, Folger stopped finally his attack for a fast lap time discouraging. In addition, it was a pity that Italian rider Simone Corsi crossed Folger’s line in a very fast lap in which he could better his lap time.
The fifth Moto2 race this season get underway Sunday at 12:20 am. The wild pack in the middleweight category to face a demanding distance with 26 laps at the technical Bugatti Circuit in Le Mans.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Kalex), Grid position 8th – 1´37.359 (6/8):
“Obviously I expected another outcome of today’s qualifying but to qualify for P8 on the grid isn’t that much disaster. However, I’m happy that I escaped unhurt after the second crash this afternoon which wasn’t harmless at all. Here in Le Mans it is always a big task to get the feeling for the front which is the main aspect in order to set up the bike in proper way. It may happen many times, that you lose the front without any warning so this was reason twice today. But as you may have seen, there were some other crashes too, including Johann (Zarco) and Sam (Lowes). In comparison to yesterday, we changed a lot on the front this morning and we continued this way for the timed session. But then, I crashed early during the session. At this point I would like express a big thank you to all guys in the garage for their outstanding job as the fixed the bike very quick. During this stop we did some more changes to the front in same direction because we thought it would be the right choice. However, during my final exit I almost crashed again as the front folded twice. Fortunate I was able to avoid crashing again but the confidence was completely disappeared. We must look at the data now what happened today. We’re pretty fast this weekend but always close to a crash. So for this we must check the fork but I’m confident that we’re able to find a solution till tomorrow’s race.”
Moto2™ Qualifying Classification:
1 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / Garage Plus Interwetten / Kalex / 1´36.847
2 Alex RINS / SPA / Paginas Amarillas HP 40 / Kalex / 1´36.899 +0.052
3 Simone CORSI / SPA / Speed Up Racing / Speed Up / 1´37.168 +0.321
8 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / Kalex / 1´37.359 +0.512