#SpanishGP: Opening day ok after a mix with rainy and sunny conditions
The opening day went very varied for Jonas Folger under mixed conditions.
After its return from the oversea trip to Europe early this week, the paddock community was welcomed by fine weather during the previous days. But a bad weather front caused a rainy FP1 on Friday morning. However, as soon as the sun pushed the clouds, temperatures increased rapidly so that the 4.4 kilometres long track at the Circuito de Jerez dried out quickly.
Jonas Folger displayed in great from on a wet track this morning. The 23-year-old completed FP1 sixth fastest. Under dry conditions in the afternoon, first he also was amongst the front runners. It was only with more practice time went on, as the field drastically dropped down the lap times, Folger could improve himself towards the end of the session too.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), FP1: P6 – 1´52.249 (11/16) / FP2: P13 – 1´40.773 (20/20):
“Our first sessions today in Jerez were not great but also not too bad. It was an ok start into the weekend, even if our position doesn’t look great. In any case, however, I enjoyed it a lot riding in the wet this morning. The track’s conditions in the rain were not unknown for me, but racing with this Michelin rain tyres, which offers that much good grip, and in addition with this horse power, it was that much great fun out there. Beyond that, the bike worked well too.”
“Our plan for the dry afternoon session was to do as many as possible laps and also to go out on track with group every time. We could implement both tasks well and also the confidence for the changed conditions came quickly. We were fast from the first laps and we also set a decent lap time pretty quickly but, which we couldn’t further improve since some problems appeared. At first, we had too much weight on the front and then, after a change there were too much weight on the rear tire so then we had to find the way for a well-balanced bike.”
“In the end, the bike was very unstable in the corners. But, my statements about these issues were very clear which is why we are going to set up the bike lower in order to achieve more stiffness. Therefore, we are confident that we will be able to make steps forward on Saturday. But due to these issues we were unable to make the best use of the soft tyre during the later stages of the session. It took a while to get more adapted to the situation. Therefore, I did my fastest lap during my last exit just in lap four which was my very last today. Our gap is not that big and we also know the reason for which is why a bigger jump forward should be possible on Saturday.”
MotoGP™ GP de Espana – Combined Free Practice Times (FP1/FP2):
1 Dani PEDROSA / SPA /Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 1´39.420 (FP2)
2 Jack MILLER / AUS / Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS / Honda / 1´39.964 +0.544 (FP2)
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW / GBR / LCR Honda / Honda / 1´40.045 +0.625 (FP2)
13 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 1´40.773 +1.353 (FP2)