Malaysia GP: Positive opening day in mixed conditions at Sepang
Jonas Folger was able to adapt well to Friday’s conditions to set fourth fastest lap time finally.
First day of practice has brought a first taste of what teams and riders may face this weekend. FP1 got underway in dry conditions this morning. But it took no long time as a brief but heavy torrential rain shower hit the track. This was also a first judgement for the recently re-surfaced circuit in the rain. But it has proved to be good as grip level cheered riders in both conditions in the dry and also on a wet track. After just two laps in the dry, Folger was afterwards the fastest rider on the wet track. But the 23-year-old German rider was also amongst the front guys in the afternoon on a drying track.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Kalex), FP1: P9 – 2´16.086 (2/10) / FP2: P4 – 2´0.028 (14/15):
“Things went positive during the first day of practice here. Weather wise we had everything with a dry track, rain and a drying track with remaining wet patches. But in terms of the new tarmac, the Sepang Circuit did an outstanding job. The track is flat, as well grip level is good. Furthermore, in wet conditions it’s very impressive. This morning I was pretty fast but also on a dry track everything is ok. The one and only issue is that the new tarmac absorbs a lot of water but it absorbs just slowly. In addition, the tarmac is very dark which is why damp patches are difficult to see. So, for this it wasn’t easy to set a high pace with slicks and who just took more risk was faster. The conditions were too mixed throughout the session in order to gain sights in terms how to set up the bike. We will now analyse all gathered data but for now I’m satisfied how things went today. It was a positive start to the weekend anyway.”
Moto2™ Combined Free Practice Times FP1/FP2:
1 Franco MORBIDELLI / ITA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 2´08.816 (FP2)
2 Takaaki NAKAGAMI / JPN / IDEMITSU Honda Team Asia / KALEX / 2´08.905 +0.089 (FP2)
3 Alex MARQUEZ / SPA / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / KALEX / 2´08.916 +0.100 (FP2)
4 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / 2´09.028 +0.212 (FP2)