#SanMarinoGP: Top ten despite difficulties on a rainy Sunday in Italy
Jonas Folger was not completely happy about his faultless ride to ninth at the rain soaked Misano track.
A change of weather last night swirled everything up for race day at the San Marino GP. After two dry days of practice, team and riders just had the 20-minutes long warm up this morning to adjust to rainy conditions. The race was started at a completely wet track but over course of the 28 laps distance, conditions changed several times.
For Jonas Folger, however, race day in Misano was a hard job for him and his crew and also a heavy chunk to digest. The transition from the dry to rainy conditions that started this morning did not succeed easily. Despite massive grip issues, Folger, who left the line from P16 on the starting grid, displayed a determined performance and climbed up positions into the top ten finally, before crossing the line in ninth position.
The championship moves over now to Spain’s outback for the Gran Premio de Aragón in two weeks.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), 9th (Championship position 10th, 84 points):
“Honestly, I’m not so happy with this weekend in general. But I have always tried to do my best. I enjoyed riding out there yesterday afternoon. Compared to today, however, this was a different story because I felt a lot more comfortable in the dry. In the rainy warm up this morning, we decided to change something. But we were a bit unhappy with this, because I then struggled with edge grip. Therefore, we tried to fix the problem with putting more weight on the rear and a softer shock. In the end, however, it was a mistake as turning got worse during the race.”
“The positive thing is, that we finished the race and were able to take some points with us. But I’m disappointed because I expected a lot more from today, particularly due to the rainy conditions. During warm up we were faster than Johann (Zarco) but for the race, he and his crew manged to make progress while we made a step back. This should not happen actually even we finished in ninth position. So, our focus is already set on the next race in Aragón where we have to try to do a better job. This is especially true for me, particularly at the beginning of the weekend, where I must find confidence more quickly. In addition, I have to find my usual level of high performance as soon as possible, as well as we have to setup the bike better for the race.”
MotoGP™ GP di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini – Race Classification after 28 Laps:
1 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 50´41.565
2 Danilo PETRUCCI / ITA / OCTO Pramac Racing / Ducati / +1.192
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Ducati Team / Ducati / +11.706
9 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / +54.082
MotoGP™ World Standing:
1 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 199
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO / ITA / Ducati Team / Ducati / 199
3 Maverick VINALES / SPA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 183
10 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 84