#SpanishGP: “Great feeling to have passed Valentino”
The 23-year-old MotoGP™ rookie had a big smile on his face talking about an awesome experience during Sunday’s race in Jerez.
Round four was the first race under scorching and tremendous conditions this year. Air temperatures with 28 degrees and on the ground with more than 40 degrees had an influence on tyre performance during these long 27 laps distance. But Jonas Folger was able to deal with it somehow well whereas he lost his race during the early stages. But with a few laps before the chequered flag, the Yamaha rider geared up once again when made a clean move on Valentino Rossi for the first time during a race. It was a truly fair battle, as both riders suffered with grip issues at this point of time.
The Championship moves over now to Le Mans for the Grand Prix de France in two weeks. But first, the majority of the MotoGP team stay for a one-day test at the Circuito de Jerez on Monday.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), 8th (Championship position 8th, 29 points):
“It was a great feeling to beat Valentino during the race but I’m not fully pleased about my third top ten result honestly. I got off a good start but during the opening laps it was incredibly difficult to pass other riders. I had a nice battle with Jack (Miller) and I tried it for several times to make a clean move, but each time I run off the line and had to go wide. We have big problems as soon I release the brake during an overtaking manoeuvre that I can’t hold the line in the next moment. Therefore, it’s simply impossible to make a clean pass.”
“This, of course, was a pity because our pace was once again really strong; we were not far off from Maverick (Vinales). Unfortunately, I made two serious mistakes, when I had to go wide at each time. We must solve these problems as quickly as possible since we always lose a lot of time during the early stages. In any case, our situation is at the moment that if I release the break just slightly when overtaking another rider and start breaking again, I immediately get off the line. From this point, it is hardly possible to attack properly, particularly with new tyres. As soon the race distance increases, this problem occurs no longer.”
“Tyre performance dropped down pretty quick today. Already after five, six laps there were a big drop but then the grip level was quite constant till the final laps. I also tried a lot with all possible mappings to get adapted to the respective situation but this didn’t really help so much. In the end, it is that I’m not quite sure which mapping I should use at what time. Later, however, when I saw Valentino in front of me, I pushed hard to catch him. However, I quickly realized that he was struggling with the same problems. Anyway, it worked out perfectly to pass him under breaking and during the following laps I pushed even harder in order to open a gap. This, of course, was definitely the highlight of today’s race.”
“On the other hand, I’m a little bit disappointed because Johann was a lot faster than me again. Without these mentioned mistake, I might have stayed with Maverick but Johann was clearly faster and he is extremely strong during the opening laps. I don’t know what he is doing at the beginning and, if he starts a move, he is always on the safe side and hits his line.”
MotoGP™ GP de Espana – Race Classification after 27 Laps:
1 Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 45´26.827
2 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Respol Honda Team / Honda / +6.136
3 Jorge LORENZO / SPA / Ducati Team / Ducati / +14.767
8 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / +27.721
MotoGP™ World Standings:
1 Valentino ROSSI / ITA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 62
2 Maverick VINALES / SPA / Movistar Yamaha MotoGP / Yamaha / 60
3 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 58
8 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 29