GP San Marino: Battle against windmills
For Jonas Folger, Sunday’s race at the Italian Misano World Circuit turned out as another battle against windmills. Due the changing handling of his bike throughout the distance, he again could just race with his opponents instead to play a decisive role in the first chasing group.
Under as good conditions as on the previous days in Italy, once again Folger left the line in a great way and was able to gain positions immediately. With new tyres and a full tank, he showed up very competitive and delivered a strong performance during the early stages of the race. But once with increasing duration of the race, the machine’s handling changed massively which also had a negative impact to the balance of the bike. Till halfway point of the race, Folger was able to stay valiantly with the first chasing group, in which all riders involved were fighting for positions till the line. But due to a mistake in terms of riding at turn seven, the 23-year-old lost contact to the riders in front of him and came home after a lonesome ride in eight position. To be competitive from the beginning of the race till the finish, Folger was lacking a few tenth of a second in his pace.
After the series continued with another back-to-back races in Silverstone last time and Misano, the championship’s calendar sees now a two-weeks break till the next race with the Gran Premio de Aragón at the Spanish MotorLand Aragón circuit. But first, Jonas Folger will visit Austrian’s channel ServusTV for this Monday evening’s `Sport and Talk´ show at prime time 9:10 pm.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Dynavolt Intact GP, KALEX), 8th (World Championship position 5th, 127 points):
“From my point of view, today’s race went very similar to Silverstone one week ago. After a good start I was able to stay with the leading group for a while. But approximately after the first third of the race, as soon as conditions change, the bike balance changed and I did too many mistakes. I respect of conditions I’m talking about the hotter temperatures of the bike, less fuel and the tyres start to drop. All together were the reason that I wasn’t able to fight for positions more towards the front. That I was once late on the brakes at turn seven, came due to the same causes. However, during the later stages I found a better rhythm again. But it took too long time to get familiarized with the changed conditions. Overall, we miss this two or three tenth in our pace. Every time I’m able to keep my position somehow and race with the group but with a lot of much risk. So our task for the next races is to find these tenth of a second in order to be able to fight at the fierce end of the competition all race long. For this I also have to do my part and try to change my riding. It lacks not much, but that’s all easier said than done. So my race was rather boring because I could stay somehow tuned whilst trying to fight with the guys in front of me.”
Moto2™ GP di San Marino – Race Classification after 26 Laps:
1 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Forward Team / KALEX / 42´45.885
2 Alex RINS / SPA / Paginas Amarillas HP 40 / KALEX / +2.523
3 Takaaki NAKAGAMI / JPN / IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia / KALEX / +6.199
8 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / +14.604
Moto2™ World Standings:
1 Johann ZARCO / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / KALEX / 194
2 Alex RINS / SPA / Paginas Amarillas HP 40 / KALEX / 191
3 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / Garage Plus Interwetten / KALEX / 141
5 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / 127