GP France: Crash to end very eventful visit to Le Mans
Jonas Folger remained unlucky during this weekend’s round five in France. The fastest man on track out there had to retire after two laps already as he crashed in turn six which means all hopes for a strong conclusion of the weekend are dashed.
The 22-year-old German rider performs in such an impressive way since the very first beginning of the current season. Also during the Grand Prix de France, Folger were amongst the frontrunners in each session and the obviously was a main contender for a rostrum finish on Sunday too. However, already during lap two he endured a misfortune again as it already happened three times on the previous days. Folger lost the front without any prior warnings. In collaboration with technicians from suspension supplier Öhlins, he and his crew were working hard in order to improve the rider’s feeling for the front over the course of the weekend. The track in Le Mans with its tarmac is very critical in this respect, particularly for riders who are pushing the front tyre a lot. Folger’s riding style counts to those, who are using the front even more to gain time in corner entry whereas other riders make their lap times in corner exit. In this way, the Dynavolt Intact GP team’s boss Jürgen Lingg explained the reason for these unusual many crashes of his super-speedy protégé during last weekend.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Kalex), DNF (World Championship position 5th, 47 points):
“Le Mans was such a difficult weekend which however got underway with two promising free practice sessions. Unfortunately, it got more difficult day by day. In total I crashed four times which all happened for the same cause. Honestly speaking I have to think a while when it happened last time that I crashed so many times. I think, this was never the case in all my career. But finally it is a clearly sign for it that I lost all confidence. Nevertheless, I tried and do my best to displace all for the race and to re-start. I left the line well and I was riding relaxed during the opening laps though the same dilemma happened again. So for this it is very difficult to summarise this weekend in a proper way though I was able to display my speed at any time. The weekend is concluded now and all of us did its maximum to change the situation. A big thank you to my guys in the garage to help me to overcome these issues at any time. Le Mans is checked-off already and we will continue in Mugello in two weeks’ time. I’m sure that we will perform there even stronger and most important till at the front till the weekend’s conclusion. I’m very, very confident in this respect.”
Moto2™ Grand Prix de France – Race Classification after 26 Laps:
1 Alex RINS / SPA / Paginas Amarillas HP 40 / Kalex / 42´27.312
2 Simone CORSI / ITA / Speed Up Racing / Speed Up / +1.802
3 Thomas LÜtHI / SWI / Garage Plus Interwetten / Kalex / +4.608
DNF #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / Kalex
Moto2™ World Standings:
1 Alex RINS / SPA / Paginas Amarillas HP 40 / Kalex / 87
2 Sam LOWES / GBR / Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 / Kalex / 82
3 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / Garage Plus Interwetten / Kalex / 69
5 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / Kalex / 47
Next race: 22 May, Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello, Scarperia / Italy