GP San Marino: Fourth row start after tough qualifying
Jonas Folger and his Crew were able to solve Friday’s issues but during this afternoon’s qualifying appeared surprisingly different problems.
Team and riders were greeting by gorgeous fine late summer weather also on day two of practice with temperatures increased to almost 30 degrees in the afternoon. The tarmac at the Misano circuit offers relatively less grip innately but due to the hot conditions the situation got worsened too. This yet was Folger’s main issue during qualifying which hampered the German Moto2 to settle into the battle for the best starting positions anyway. Folger will start from 13th spot on the grid on Sunday.
In comparison to last Sunday the schedule for race day returns to its normal way with starting time for the Moto2 race set for 12:20 am. The wild pack faces a demanding distance with 26 laps at the curvy race track close to Italy’s Adriatic coast.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Kalex), Grid position 11th – 1´38.044 (18/18):
“We were able to find a solution for yesterday’s problems finally in order to set up the bike’s balance much better. But during qualifying I lacked rear grip which slowed me to set faster lap times. For the moment we don’t know the reason if it came from my riding or it was in respect to the setting because mainly I lost time in the first and last sector. Our gap with six tenth to pole time isn’t that less whereas the top five are in reach but if we’ll fight for a podium we must find 0.5 seconds at least. This of course isn’t an easy task to achieve during tomorrow’s warm up. In any case, the race will be tough starting from eleventh but I’m confident because our pace is consistent even though one or two tenth would be a help. But first I’ve to master the first laps well.”
Moto2™ Qualifying Classification:
1 Johann ZARCO / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / KALEX / 1´37.436
2 Takaaki NAKAGAMI / JPN / IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia / KALEX / 1´37.509 +0.073
3 Lorenzo BALDASSARRI / ITA / Forward Team / KALEX / 1´37.550 +0.114
11 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / 1´38.044 +0.608