Jonas Folger: ” We did everything right”
Despite an early crash during Saturday’s qualifying, the 22-year-old German Moto2 rider will leave the line from fourth spot on the grid in tomorrow’s penultimate race this season.
Conditions didn’t change so much in comparison to the opening day at the Malaysian round. But at the time of qualifying this afternoon the weather seemed to be a bit unstable, which was why the wild Moto2 pacek started with their time attack immediately. Likewise Folger and his crew. The Kalex rider was able to set some very competitive lap times straight away as soon the track was opened for the 45 minute long timed session before he entered the pit with strongly decreasing tyres. Afte the change to new tyre material the team had planned a second time attack, which was unfortunately interrupted by a crash.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (AGR Team, Kalex), Grid position 4th – 2´07.070 (3/8):
“This was certainly one of our best qualifying performances, even if it ended very early for us. Nevertheless, I’m super pleased with it, because we were able to get the best out of the situation. Because of the changing weather conditions, we started directly with fresh tyres and on my third lap, I managed to do my best lap time. Lap time would have been even better, if I wouldn’t have been kept back in the last corner. My ideal time would have been three tenths of a second faster, so the front row would have been definitely possible. However, it is like it is. Anyway, on my fourth lap I realized that the tyre was dropping down abruptly, why I entered the pit to change the tyre immediately. In normal conditions, we planned to use the softer option for the second run. However, it looked like rain, which was why we put in the type 2 in the front and the rear again. Because it didn’t take long time until slight rain came, we seem to have done everything right. Unfortunately, I was probably too slow on my out lap, because I probably didn’t heat up the tyres in the right way. During the first flying lap, I was a lot faster in turn six and in the next moment the front folded. I had no chance to react or to prevent the crash. I’m sorry for my crew to deliver them scrap. Luckily, we just lost one position and therefor I can start the race from a very promising position tomorrow. I think I’ll be able to handle the guys who are directly in my back, because they are not able to do our pace. By the way my race pace is very competitive, so I’m going to focus myself just to the guys ahead of me. My race bike works very well, which is the reason that we didn’t change anything since the practise this morning. Already in FP3 I was able to establish a super feeling for it. I really hope I’ll be able to get to the podium tomorrow.”
1 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / Derendinger Racing Interwetten / Kalex / 2´06.383
2 Johann ZARCO / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / Kalex / 2´06.510 +0.127
3 Alex RINS / SPA / Paginas Amarillas HP 40 / Kalex / 2´06.837 +0.454
4 Jonas FOLGER / GER / AGR Team / Kalex / 2´07.070 +0.687