By crossing the line in 15th place in the second main race in Portimao, Jonas Folger saw his debut season in WorldSBK come to an early end with another point.
Changeable weather provided surprises on Sunday at the impressive Autódromo Internacional do Algarve. After a rain hit warm-up, which Jonas Folger finished in 14th place, he showed a further improvement in terms of his performance during Superpole race at a wet track.
The BMW rider moved up to 16th position at the start and finished the first lap in P15. Halfway through the short sprint race, the talented Bavarian rider was already in 14th position and made up another position by the time he crossed the finish line, eventually seeing the chequered flag in 13th place.
The start to the second main race of the weekend, which took place in the afternoon in dry and sunny conditions again, was very similar to many others this season. Leaving the line from seventh row of the starting grid, it took Folger until halfway point to move forward up to 17th position. The 28-year-old was able to gain two more positions in the final laps to eventually finish his last WorldSBK race for the time being in P15 with another point in the fiercely contested Superbike World Championship.
Folger and his German team Bonovo Action / MGM Racing Performance decided to forgo the overseas races in Argentina and Indonesia for health reasons.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Bonovo Action / MGM Racing Performance, BMW M 1000 RR)
Superpole Race 1: P13 / Race 2: P15
“There are mixed emotions inside me. On the one hand, I am sad to be leaving the team now. On the other hand, I am also a bit relieved that this difficult year is over. Unfortunately, the last race was not easy either, I had problems in mid corner and in corner exit. I was not able to exit corners with controlled slides as foremost I struggle with quite aggressive slides. So, I just tried to make it to the end. I want to thank the whole team. We moved up together to WorldSBK this year, they are great people, we had a lot of fun together. I will definitely remember the good moments, and of course I took everyone to my heart. Guys, thanks for everything, you have been great ll the time!”
“2021 unfortunately did not bring the expectations I had imagined for my comeback on world championship level. After initially making good progress in getting used to my new surroundings, however, I quickly reached a point where it was difficult to fully adapt to the BMW Superbike. We always tried many things, but unfortunately never found a solution to my problems. Nevertheless, I managed to set a few highlights. I will take these moments with me when it comes to planning my future career. For now, I will take a good look at everything and weigh up what makes the most sense for me. I have already thought about a few things, and there are also interesting options. But as I said, I will not decide anything hastily, but give myself enough time to think over it.”
#PRTWorldSBK – Superpole Race 1 (10 Laps):
1 Micheal VAN DER MARK / NED / BMW Motorrad WorldSBK Team / BMW M 1000 RR / 19´17.562
2 Scott REDDING / GBR / Aruba.it Racing - Ducati / Ducati Panigale V4 R / +5.330
3 Loris BAZ / FRA / Team GoEleven / Ducati Panigale V4 R / +7.066
13 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Bonovo Action MGM Racing Performance / BMW M 1000 RR / +41.330
#PRTWorldSBK - Race 2 (19 Laps):
1 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki Racing Team WorldSBK / Kawasaki ZX-10RR / 32´21.197
2 Scott REDDING / GBR / Aruba.it Racing - Ducati / Ducati Panigale V4 R / +5.425
3 Andrea LOCATELLI / ITA / Pata Yamaha with BRIXX WorldSBK / Yamaha YZF R1 / +12.289
15 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Bonovo Action MGM Racing Performance / BMW M 1000 RR / +51.009
1 Toprak RAZGATLIOGLU / TUR / Yamaha / 478
2 Jonathan REA / GBR / Kawasaki / 454
3 Scott REDDING / GBR / Ducati / 424
22 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / BMW / 21