TT Assen: With methered risk to ninth spot on the grid
Jonas Folger qualified himself for ninth grid position in a difficult timed practise.
Like often seen in the past changing weather conditions with some rain were a deciding factor during the timed session, which decided the starting grid for the eight race of the season this Sunday. After a short rain shower before the qualifying, track conditions were hard to judge. Because of a quickly drying track all riders and teams were changing to a dry setting, but only a few minutes later the rain was back. From this point the attack for the best places on the grid was decided. To choose the right moment for a fast lap was crucial. Jonas Folger did the ninth fastest lap time with carefully considered risk. His grid position in the third row still is a good basis to play an important role tomorrow.
For the first time at the traditional TT Assen the races will take place on Sunday in 2016. Because of this starting time for the eight Moto2 points haul is scheduled at 12.20 pm. The distance at the 4.5 kilometre TT circuit in the North of the Netherlands is 24 laps.
#94 Jonas FOLGER (Dynavolt Intact GP, Kalex), Grid position 9th – 1´39.076 (7/14):
“Despite the difficult conditions during qualifying I was expecting a bit more than ninth grid position. But today you had to find the right moment and in addition a fast lap time was combined with a lot of risk. The one who was risking really much today was fast in the end. The conditions were difficult to judge at all times because it was always spitting. I thought the rain was less or even stopped, but I was wrong. Finally I was risking to a certain degree, but in the end it was only enough for P9. But I think this grid position isn’t a too bad starting point for the race. Anyway, we still have some work to do until tomorrow. First of all I have to find a better feeling to the front. The confidence is missing and I’m not really sure what is really happening. At the moment this is still slowing me down. I hope that we’ll be able to have the chance to check this tomorrow morning during the warm up and to find a compromise. While we found grip on the rear this had negative effects to the front. It was changing all the time. So we’re still looking for the fitting compromise. I just miss the feedback I need to go fast. But I’m confident we’re going to find a solution and how ever the weather will be tomorrow, I think we’re looking good in all kinds of conditions.”
Moto2™ Qualifying Classification:
1 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / Garage Plus Interwetten / KALEX / 1´37.954
2 Johann ZARCO / FRA / Ajo Motorsport / KALEX / 1´38.402 +0.448
3 Dominique AEGERTER / SWI / CarXpert Interwetten / KALEX / 1´38.449 +0.495
9 #94 Jonas FOLGER / GER / Dynavolt Intact GP / KALEX / 1´39.076 +1.122