#IDMSuperbike: New project is finally on
For Jonas Folger, a oneday test at the Oschersleben racetrack last Tuesday was the first step back into his racing career.
Jonas Folger and his new team MGM Racing headed by owner Micheal Galinski actually wanted to start with the preparations for this year’s IDM Superbike already in March. But due to the complicated situation since then all plans, including the championship calendar, had to be completely changed. But this week the time had finally come. The 26-year-old racer from Upper Bavaria and his newly assembled technical crew of the Bonovo Action by MGM Racing Team took part at a Track-Day at the Motorsportarena Oschersleben. Things went very pleasant throughout the one-day stay in Germany’s Saxony-Anhalt. Folger was able to settle in quickly in his new surroundings and he also got used to his new working equipment in no time at all.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Bonovo Action by MGM Racing, Yamaha YZF-R1M):
“To be honest, I would have wished for a different way into this new chapter of my career. Because of the current circumstances we could only start our work at a race track this week. This day at Oschersleben was therefore very important and interesting for several reasons. It was the first meeting with the whole team, as well as the first outing with the new bike for this year. Besides, I have never done a lap at Oschersleben before. Fortunately, the weather was quite good. At the end of the day we did not quite 100 laps. It was a productive rollout in many ways. Michael Galinski put together a very professional team. I would even go so far as to say that the way the team works is at world championship level. That was of course a great help at the beginning. So, the day went smoothly, and we were able to make good progress until the end. We mainly worked on the electronics. Although the Yamaha Superbike is not a stranger to me, this part still takes a bit of getting used to it dor me. Nevertheless, the lap times at the end were very appealing. But we still have some work to do before the start of the championship. Hopefully, we can start soon in IDM with the first races. I really miss racing. On the other hand, our confidence is growing that it could work with the two planned wildcards in Superbike World Championship. Anyway, at the team’s request for the events in Barcelona and Misano, positive signs have come back from the organizers.”
“Thank goodness, after the initially strict security measures, there have already been the first loosening in terms of travelling in the past month. Therefore, I practically took the first opportunity to go back on track at the Red Bull Ring in Styria mid of last month. Originally two days were planned, but due to bad weather the second one fell through. I was riding my private Yamaha back then and after the long break the fun on track was huge. To resume riding training at a circuit like Spielberg was a pleasure in every respect and paid off twice. There was also Marcel Schrötter along, who was a great help to be able to do fast laps with someone at the same level and to get the feeling for speed back immediately. Although I only did about 50 laps that day, I felt a sore muscle afterwards. Nevertheless, it was the perfect opportunity, because I was able to break in my new Alpinestars racing suit for this season at the same time. At this point a big thanks to Mandy Kainz, who invited us to these track days. A little later, professional athletes were allowed to do outdoors training also again in Bavaria. Therefore, we went to Ampfing with the Pit-Bikes. Since then I often was there riding with Marcel and Sandro Cortese. But now I hope that we can soon return to normality and continue the work with my team at the racetrack.”