#IDMSuperbike: Successful wildcard appearance in French superbike series
Last weekend, Jonas Folger and his team Bonovo action powered by MGM Racing made a side trip to Magny-Cours racing in French Superbike Championship.
In order to gain experiences under race conditions in his new environment for the first time this year, last weekend’s start to the season in France at the Circuit de Magny-Cours was a welcome opportunity for Jonas Folger. After all, the trip to the permanent racetrack of the WorldSBK series paid off not only from a sporting point of view. For the 26-year-old professional rider from Upper Bavaria and his new Yamaha team it was also a successful dress rehearsal for the upcoming start of IDM Superbike in one and a half weeks.
The International German Motorcycle Championship 2020 provides for a racing calendar that is necessarily reduced to four events. The season’s kick-off takes place on the third weekend of this month from 14 – 16 August at the Dutch Grand Prix circuit of Assen.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Bonovo action powerd by MGM Racing, Yamaha YZF R1):
“The decision of the team to go to Magny-Cours was worthwhile in all respects. I am therefore awfully glad that we went there. It was interesting to get to know this demanding course, not only with a view to the future, but mainly it was about getting back into competition mode of a race weekend, i.e. with free practice sessions, qualifying sessions and the races including the corresponding starts. This I had a year ago for the last time. Besides, a schedule with two races at one weekend was foreign to me so far. So, it was a great training from A to Z for me. At the same time, it was the best preparation for the entire team for next week’s IDM opening round at Assen.”
“Beyond that, the competition was particularly strong. In this championship there are some strong riders racing so that we were challenged by them. Unlike in Germany, teams and riders have free choice of tyres, there are no standard tyres like in IDM. In the end, we can be satisfied with our results. To finish third on the podium twice without any previous track knowledge is quite impressive. The past weekend definitely has whetted our appetite for the start of the season in German championship and the tasks ahead. I’m already looking forward to Assen when things finally get really serious again.”