#QatarGP: QP cancelled; P8 on the grid in MotoGP debut
Due to violent rain showers during day time, the race direction was forced to cancel the entire schedule for Saturday evening at the Grand Prix of Qatar. Therefore, Jonas Folger will start from third row into his debut race in the premier class of two wheels racing.
Rainy weather was a big killjoy for Saturday’s schedule at the Grand Prix of Qatar. After heavy downpours during day time, all the effort of those in charge were in vain to clean the track from the water that flooded it in some areas. So, the track’s conditions were too critical, for which the entire time schedule had to be cancelled.
Therefore, the grid positions for Sunday’s opening race for the MotoGP™ World Championship 2017 are based on the combined free practice times. However, for the surprising rookie during preseason testing and also during the previous days of practice, Jonas Folger, the decision to cancel qualifying practice had a bittersweet taste for him.
Meanwhile, Sunday’s schedule is slightly changed with an extended Warm Up session by 10 minutes for all classes. The MotoGP™ race is to start as initially scheduled for 20:00 CET. It’s prime time in Central Europe.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), Grid position 8 – 1´55.208:
“For several reasons, it’s a pity that we couldn’t go out on track today. On the one hand, I was very excited to head in my first MotoGP qualifying, gaining this experience, and on the other hand I could have lost a better grid position probably. But I’m happy with my starting positon anyway. The base was set during FP2 thanks to my strong lap time there. I think, the race direction has made the right decision – safety first. But on the other hand, now I must wait to more weeks until it’s time to qualify in this mode. Apart from that, I look forward to tomorrow when my MotoGP career get started in the proper way. After our successful preseason testing, I will give my utmost to round off my MotoGP debut in style with a strong result in my first race.”
MotoGP™ Provisonial Starting Grid:
1 Maverick VINALES / SPA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 1´54.316
2 Andrea IANNONE / ITA / Team SUZUKI ECSTAR / Suzuki / 1´54.848 +0.532
3 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 1´54.912 +0.596
8 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 1´55.208
MotoGP™ Time Schedule for Sunday, March 26th (CET):
15:50 – 16:20 Warm Up
20:00 – Race (22 Laps)