#MotoGP2019: Jonas ready for comeback
Starting a new challenge as Yamaha’s official test rider, Jonas Folger is set to make his return to the premier class in two-wheels racing.
Since the middle of the year, Jonas Folger has fully resumed his fitness programme and is often riding and training with a wide variety of motorcycles. He made his first step towards a comeback to MotoGP last July, when the 25-year-old from Bavaria got invited by German Moto2™ rolling chassis manufacturer KALEX Engineering to test its 2019 prototype. Folger was grateful to his fellow countrymen for giving him this opportunity to return to race mode, and he and KALEX continued the developing process with several additional tests.
After a one-year absence from the premier class, however, Folger doesn’t feel ready yet to meet the demands and cope with the strains of becoming a full-time rider once again, as at present it also involves many commitments apart from the ones on track. For this reason, he opted for the job as a test rider in MotoGP. Today, one day after the season finale, Folger is stepping into his new role with Yamaha. The two-day test in Valencia in the coming days (November 20th – 21st) therefore will mark the beginning of both the new MotoGP season and the newly installed Yamaha Factory Racing European Test Team.
#94 Jonas FOLGER:
“After this long time off from racing, I’m thrilled to be back in the paddock. It’s incredibly nice to see all my friends and lots of familiar faces again. It was very emotional for me to come to Valencia. At the same time, I’m already looking forward to starting my new tasks, which will begin next week at this track where I did my debut ride in MotoGP two years ago. Though the test begins tomorrow, my job already starts today, but it will only consist of ‘dry exercises’, so to speak: I will try on my new leathers before the first runs to check if the seating position is OK aboard the Yamaha YZR-M1. Then there will also be a photo shoot with my completely new equipment, followed by several technical meetings. But above all, I’m very excited to start our new testing programme on Tuesday and Wednesday. I’m very proud to be part of this all-new project.”
“It is the very first time that Yamaha will set up a test team based in Europe. I think that a lot of work is ahead of me, because of the past year of the factory team. It’s no secret that Valentino and Maverick put a lot of pressure and importance on this project. Therefore, it’s a great honour for me and I’m so excited about this challenge and I can hardly wait to swing my leg over the Yamaha YZR-M1 again and to enjoy this awesome riding experience aboard a MotoGP machine. The YZR-M1 has impressed me from the very first moment when I first rode it in 2016, and I look forward to riding it again on Tuesday. Hopefully the weather will cooperate in the next couple of days. But before we start, I would like to express my thanks to Yamaha and all people involved for giving me this opportunity and placing their trust in me.”