#IDMSuperbike: Season opener and begin of new career chapter at Assen
At the first race weekend of the season in German championship at the Grand Prix circuit in the north of the Netherlands, Jonas Folger starts his comeback these days as a permanent participant in a race series after more than two years off.
After months of uncertainty and long nerve-wracking waiting, the organisers of the International German Motorcycle Championship were finally able to present a racing calendar for this year that represents a worthy championship. However, this had to be drastically reduced from nine scheduled events to only four. Due to the compact format, Germany’s new national superbike champion will be crowned after only six weeks.
Due to his vast experience and exceptional speed, Jonas Folger can be confidently counted amongst the title contenders. For the 27-year-old racer from Mühldorf in Upper Bavaria, however, the 2020 season marks a new era for him. Together with his new MGM Racing Yamaha Team of Michael Galinski and Jürgen Röder, the IDM Superbike 2020 should be a stopover because Folger has the intention to return to the highest level of performance in two-wheels racing. The International German Motorcycle Championship should therefore serve as a springboard for a possible promotion to FIM Superbike World Championship. A wildcard start at next month’s Barcelona event has already been confirmed, and this should provide some initial insight into the performance level of the series.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Bonovo action powerd by MGM Racing, Yamaha YZF R1):
“I am really looking forward to the upcoming race weekend in Assen, the start of the IDM this year. I am incredibly happy that the championship is finally starting. We are going to Assen with a good feeling after we already had a test there. On this occasion we have definitely done good preparation work for this weekend. Our lap times were extraordinarily strong throughout, although there was always a lot of traffic on track. In any case, our base settings should be on a good level already. Therefore, I am already looking forward to the first competition in this series. It will be interesting to see what the level in this category is like. So far, we have hardly had the chance to watch our competitors. At the race in Magny-Cours there were no IDM riders there except my teammate Marc Moser.”
“Right now, I’m having a hard time assessing the entire starting list. This is why I am looking forward above all to making this experience when the season starts. Therefore, I can hardly wait when we go out on the track with all the other riders for the first time on Friday. We have had a good pre-season and we are ready to go for it in every respect. But I do not want to talk much about expectations at this point, because I really do not know what is coming up in the IDM Superbike for me. So far, I only know my bike. In addition, there are many other factors that I need to get better grips with. These include the tyres, as well as the fact that I still have to gain a lot of racing experience after the long break. Having two races at a race weekend will also be a completely new experience for me. But as I said, I feel in top shape to successfully master this new chapter of my career.”
Jonas Folgers Profil:
Alter: 25 (geboren am 13. August 1993)
Wohnort: Mühldorf am Inn (GER, Oberbayern)
Größe: 177 cm
Gewicht: 69 kg
Erster Grand Prix: 2008 – Tschechien, 125ccm
Erste Grand Prix Pole-Position: 2012 – Aragon, Moto3™
Erste schnellste Rennrunde bei einem Grand Prix: 2013 – Katar, Moto3™
Erstes Grand Prix Podium: 2009 – Frankreich, 125ccm
Erster Grand Prix Sieg: 2011 – England, 125ccm
Grand Prix Siege: 5 (1 in 125ccm / 1 in Moto3™, 3 in Moto2™)
Grand Prix Podium: 24 (4 in 125ccm / 8 in Moto3™, 11 in Moto2™, 1 in MotoGP™)
Grand Prix Pole-Position: 6 (4 in Moto3™ / 2 in Moto2™)
Grand Prix Schnellste Rennrunden: 8 (1 in Moto3™ / 5 in Moto2 / 2 in MotoGP™֭)
Grand Prix Starts (insgesamt): 155 (52 in 125ccm, 31 in Moto3™ / 59 in Moto2™, 13 in MotoGP™)
Jonas FOLGERs Karriere:
2003: 50ccm Deutsche Mini-Bike-Meisterschaft – Meister
2004: 50ccm und 65ccm Deutsche Mini-Bike Meisterschaft – Meister
2005: 50ccm und 65ccm Deutsche Mini-Bike Meisterschaft – Meister
2006: 125ccm Spanische Meisterschaft – Gesamt Dritter
2007: 125ccm Spanische Meisterschaft – Gesamt 15.
2008: 125ccm Spanische Meisterschaft und erste WM-Rennen 125ccm in Tschechien, San Marino (15. – 1 WM-Punkt), Indianapolis, Japan, Malaysia und Valencia – Gesamt 34.
2009: 125ccm Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 12.
2010: 125ccm Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 14.
2011: 125ccm Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 6.
2012: Moto3™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 9.
2013: Moto3™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 5.
2014: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 15.
2015: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 6.
2016: Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 7.
2017 MotoGP™ Weltmeisterschaft – Gesamt 10.
2019 Moto2™ Weltmeisterschaft (vier Rennen)
Zeitplan IDM Superbike Assen:
Freitag, 7. August: 11:00 – 11:30 FP1
Freitag, 7. August: 14:35 – 15:05 FP2
Freitag, 7. August: 17:05 – 17:35 FP3
Samstag, 8. August: 10:00 – 10:30 QP1
Samstag, 8. August: 13:40 – 14:10 QP2
Sonntag, 9. August: 11:00 – 11:10 Warm-Up
Sonntag, 9. August: 12:50 Rennen 1 (15 Runden – 68,325 km)
Sonntag, 9. August: 16:00 Rennen 2 (15 Runden – 68,325 km)
IDM Superbike Kalender 2020:
16.08. – TT Circuit Assen
08.09. – Sachsenring
13.09. – Lausitzring
27.09. – Hockenheimring