Folger strikes back in Jerez
The German Moto2 rider celebrates a hard fought victory at the Gran Premio de Espana today, his second this season.
In contrary to race day in Argentina two weeks’ time ago, Folgers key for today’s success was a brilliant opening lap. Thanks to a great start form P3 on the grid, he immediately followed reigning champion Tito Rabat though, the duo were able to open a gap rapidly before Folger took full benefit from a mistake by his fellow companion.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (AGR Team, Kalex) – Winner, World Championship position 2nd (57 points):
“I’m so happy to win this race, particularly for my team but also for me, because it’s their home grand prix and all of our sponsors were on spot today. We did such a great job and due to that it was an almost perfect weekend. Going into the race we knew that our pace is strong and I took full benefit of our tyre choice with the softer option, as I pushed very hard during the opening laps. Also my start was excellent this time and thanks to that I was able to follow Tito (Rabat) immediately. For many laps I raced behind him and we were able to open a gap. At the time he made a mistake I took the inside line to pass him and as soon I was in leading position, I tried to keep my rhythm but Tito always pushed hard and he also came closer sometimes. But during the last third of the distance I did four or five really risky laps, pushing very hard in order to make the gap more comfortable for me. However, in doing so I had some big moments but I managed all well. As soon the tyre dropped down it was hard to adapt to the situation but in the end I was able to race very consistently till the chequered flag. This of course this the most important thing for the upcoming race. I think we can be proud about this weekend’s performance and we just must keep working hard and consequent for the remaining season. A huge thanks to my team and of course to all sponsors.“
Race Classification Moto2™ Gran Premio de Espana:
1 Jonas FOLGER / GER / AGR Team / Kalex / 45´01.873
2 Johann ZARCO / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / Kalex / +1.931
3 Tito RABAT / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / Kalex / +2.222
Moto2™ World Standing:
1 Johann ZARCO / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / Kalex / 73
2 Jonas FOLGER / GER / AGR Team / Kalex / 57
3 Alex RINS / SPA / Paginas Amarillas HP 40 / Kalex / 49