#SpanishGP: Solid qualifying performance brings third row start in hot Jerez
Jonas Folger went through Q2 again where the stunning MotoGP™ rookie qualified for ninth on the grid in hot weather conditions.
The base for his strong qualifying performance was done during Saturday’s free practice sessions in the morning and in FP4 shortly after lunch time. Whilst Folger posted seventh fastest lap time in FP4, the Yamaha rider set a blistering pace during FP4 to finish this session in third, leading to some raised eyebrows. The 23-year-old German and his crew were able to solve Friday’s issues and to set up the team’s Yamaha YZF-M1 almost perfect for the demanding Circuito de Jerez though, they still face some small things ahead of the race day with too much spinning during the fast and long corners around the 4.4 kilometres long track.
With the championship’s return to Europe there are no longer differences in time to be considered with regard to the time schedule. Therefore, starting time for round 4 is scheduled for Sunday afternoon at 2 pm.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Monster Yamaha Tech 3, Yamaha YZF-M1), Grid position 9th – 1´39.108 (8/8):
“I think, we can be pleased with today’s outcome. After yesterday’s problems, we worked hard to find an almost well-balanced setting for the bike. In any case, we managed to make the bike more stable, even its handling was not optimal. The bike is lower now, so that there is less weight transfer from breaking till opening the throttle. With regard to tomorrow’s race, things went very encouraging during FP4. With a full tank and race tyres, we were able to set a very strong pace.
“Qualifying practice itself was not bad either. Unfortunately, in the end we missed 0.2 seconds to my team mate Johann (Zarco) because we weren’t able to manage to find this step for Q2. But, we know the cause and we will work on it until tomorrow. More important, however, is our pace for the race and not just this one hot lap. Starting from ninth is still a good position. From this point of view, everything looks quite good, as well as I’m confident overall. Everything worked out well during FP4, at the same point of time like tomorrow’s race, so it should be the same for the race. In any case, I have a good feeling that this time we will be stronger and more competitive than last time in Austin.”
MotoGP™ GP de Espana – Qualifying Classification:
1 Dani PEDROSA / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 1´38.249
2 Marc MARQUEZ / SPA / Repsol Honda Team / Honda / 1´38.298 +0.048
3 Cal CRUTCHLOW / GBR / LCR Honda / Honda / 1´38.453 +0.204
9 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Monster Yamaha Tech 3 / Yamaha / 1´39.108 +0.859