#SanMarinoGP: “Confidence was back straight away”
During Friday’s first free practice sessions, the 24-year-old Yamaha rider was able to gain his usual rhythm quickly again.
After overnight thunderstorms in the region of Rimini, the track at the Misano World Circuit dried out in time for FP1 this morning in which Jonas Folger impressively performed just 12 days after his crash in Silverstone. Throughout this session, the German MotoGP™ star was able to push into the top ten at every stage.
A few hours later, during the second session in much warmer conditions, Folger and his crew struggled somehow with the tyre selection. It was hard for him to match his lap times from this morning. Only a change to the softer option for the front and rear brought a slightly turnaround. Therefore, Folger could improve his lap time in the very last minute but he dropped down some positions to P17 in the combined practice times.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), FP1: P10 – 1´34.786 (15/20) / FP2: P17 – 1´34.322 (17/17):
“FP1 this morning was actually a good start to the weekend, my confidence was immediately back. In the afternoon, however, we started a trail with the medium-soft front tyre and the harder option for the rear. But the bike felt completely different. Therefore, I almost crashed for many times because I had absolutely no grip on the front. After two stops and advices from Michelin, we put in the soft option for the front and rear. This has hardly brought a change in terms of the bike’s handling. However, it was a bit better and I could improve my lap time but the main issue is still a lack of confidence with the front and no turning. We are losing too much time in corner entry.”
“I think, this is more or less related to the setting and not coming from the tyres. The soft tyres are reducing the problems, but we are still a bit far off from the perfect setup. Therefore, we need to analyse the matter more precisely and then change the setting accordingly. Regarding my usual setting of the brake lever with less space between handlebar and the lever, I can say that we have made the necessary change. Till Silverstone, I never had a problem in my whole career with this short distance. However, due to the in-depth analysis, we now know that this was now and then a trigger of the brake failure. So, we have positioned the brake lever at a normal distance from the handlebar now. During the first sessions, I was able to get used to it but the confidence is not at 100 percent yet. However, I have no choice as to ride with this in the future.”
MotoGP™ GP di San Marino – Combined Free Practice Times (FP1/FP2):
1 Danilo PETRUCCI / ITA / OCTO Pramac Racing / Ducati / 1´33.231 (FP2)
2 Maverick VINALES / SPA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 1´33.236 +0.005 (FP2)
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Ducati Team / Ducati / 1´33.294 +0.063 (FP2)
17 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 1´34.322 +1.091 (FP2)