#KymiTest2019: All-new circuit successfully inaugurated
For the past two days, the 26-year-old German MotoGP™ rider was together with his Yamaha Europe Test Team in Finnland.
Finland wants to host a Grand Prix again since a while. From 2020, this race will also return to the calendar. Approximately 135 km northeast of Helsinki the ambitious Finns have found a place for a modern race complex. The track at the Kymi-Ring measures 4.6 kilometres and offers a technically very demanding layout. At the beginning of this week a MotoGP test was held for the first time at the all-new Kymi-Ring not far from the city of Kausala. In addition to Jonas Folger and the Yamaha Europe Test Team, all other official test riders from the manufacturers represented in the premier class also took part.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (YAMAHA Europe Test Team, Yamaha YZF M1):
“To ride at a new racetrack for the first time is always something special because you arrive with great expectations as how it will be there. In Finland it was really a surprise to see what came out of the ground. But after the long straight the last two thirds of the track are very slow and a little too curvy. You really only shift up into third gear a few times. It reminds a little of the Sachsenring. Furthermore, there are a few blind corners, too many for my taste. The approach to the last corner before the start/finish straight has it at all in itself. Coming over the hilltop you don’t know exactly how far one can be carried to the outside. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t play along on these last two days. The first laps on Monday in the wet were a real challenge to find your way along quickly.”
“On the second day we had bad luck with the weather again. After lunch break, we wanted to try some new parts. But unfortunately, it started to rain again. Therefore, we were forced to pack up early. Otherwise it was a good test from our point of view. At first the track was quite dirty. Above all these circumstances it made itself noticeable aggravating in wet conditions. At least we could ride somewhat more than 20 laps in the dry on Tuesday. That was very important to find a suitable gear ratio and to set up the electronics for the Kymi-Ring. So, we could already work on a basic setup for the Grand Prix next year there. From this point of view, we have completed most of our tasks successfully and can go home with a clear conscience.”