Jonas Folger



#JapanGP: Jonas Folger forced to withdraw from next MotoGP action

  • 12.10.2017

The 24-year-old German MotoGP ™ rider had to go back home before the annual October flyaway trip starts with the Grand Prix of Japan this weekend.

Since a while, Jonas Folger did not feel completely fit. Nevertheless, he started the four-weeks journey last weekend as planned, going to Tokyo because several events were scheduled for this week on the occasion of Yamaha’s home race in Motegi. The long-haul trip possibly could affect his condition additionally. Therefore, Folger was examined by the medical team of the Clinica Mobile on Thursday morning and they recommended him to make further detailed medical checks in his native Germany immediately. His participation in the next races is extremely doubtful.

#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), Championship position 10th (84 points):

“I came to Japan and was motivated for these three flyaway races, but I’ve been feeling really weak since Misano / Aragon races. On arrival here, I’ve been struggling with my energy levels, even leaving the hotel room was impossible for me and unfortunately, I had to miss some Yamaha events, which I’m very sorry for. I met with my boss Hervé Poncharal on Wednesday night and we agreed to go for a check with the doctors this morning. I met with Dr. Charte and the Clinica Mobile team and they have advised me to return to Germany right away for a series of blood tests. I’ve had Epstein Barr virus in the past and it’s a possibility that this has flared up again and resurfaced, but we can’t be sure until I’ve had these tests in Munich. I’m really sorry for my whole team and Yamaha at their home race and would like to thank them for all their support and understanding. Also, sorry to my personal sponsors, I appreciate them all standing by me at this difficult time. Now we must remain positive and aim to come back stronger.”

MotoGP™ Time Schedule GP of Japan (CET):
Friday, 13 October: 02:55 – 03:40 FP1
Friday, 13 October: 07:05 – 07:55 FP2
Saturday, 14 October: 02:55 – 03:40 FP3
Saturday, 14 October: 06:30 – 07:00 FP4
Saturday, 14 October: 07:10 – 07:25 QP1
Saturday, 14 October: 07:35 – 07:50 QP2
Sunday, 15 October: 02:40 – 03:00 Warm-Up
Sunday, 15 October: 07:00 Race (24 Laps – 115.224 km)

Daten Twin Ring Motegi:
First time venue of the GP of Japan: 2000
Length: 4.801 meters
Width: 15 meters
Left corners: 6
Right corners: 8
Best MotoGP™ Pole-Position: 1’43.790 (2015)
MotoGP™ Circuit Lap Record: 1´45.350 (2014)
Jonas Folger‘s Results 2016 (Moto2™): Grid position 9 / NC