Jonas Folger



Great victory at the season opener

  • 30.03.2015

Jonas Folger celebrated his first victory in the highly competitive Moto2 class in Sunday evening’s Losail race

It couldn’t have been a better start into his second Moto2 campaign after Folger switched category at the beginning of last season. Consistency strong performances throughout the whole weekend in Qatar where the base for his fantastic success at this year’s first grand prix. With only two exceptions Folger run clockwork-wise in the range of low 2´00 till 2´00 mid-range. Also after an excellent start he didn’t took long time to pass riders and quickly he raced in third position. Whilst lapping the Losail Circuit in a lonesome ride, Sam Lowes crashed out of the race in leading position before Frenchman Johann Zarco had a big moment along the straight due to technical issues. However, Folger remained focus till the chequered flag to take a superb victory, his first in Moto2 and his third in total.

#94 Jonas FOLGER (AGR Team, Kalex) – Winner:

“I’m so happy about this victory, it’s hard to explain this awesome feeling because I didn’t expect to win today. It was a really long race for me, particularly the last laps riding at the front of the field. I must say that I had a good start and all went well through the first corners as I didn’t have any troubles with other riders. So I was able to build up my rhythm from the first lap and I was strong in overtaking. But I couldn’t follow Sam and Johann so I just tried to continue my rhythm and open a gap. Consistency was our strength today but also the whole package was working well throughout the race. Of course tyre wear was a key point but I was able to manage it quite well. For the most of the race it was a lonesome ride lap by lap but when I saw Johann along the straight I was a bit scarred because he had a big moment there and of course I was bit nervous taking the lead. At this time there were still seven laps to go which were really long for me. Finally everything went well and I’m really happy for my team and my crew because they all did an awesome job during all weekend. But I’m already looking forward to the next race in Austin, I would like to go there immediately because our motivation is so high after this victory and of course we want to keep this momentum. Finally I also want to thank my team and all the sponsors for their outstanding support.“

Race Classification Moto2™ Grand Prix of Qatar:

1 Jonas FOLGER / GER / AGR Team / Kalex / 40´18.532
2 Xavier SIMEON / SPA / Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 / Kalex / +5.051
3 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / Derendinger Racing Interwetten / Kalex / +12.123

Moto2™ World Standing:

1 Jonas FOLGER / GER / AGR Team / Kalex / 25
2. Xavier SIMEON / SPA / Federal Oil Gresini Moto2 / Kalex / 20
3 Thomas LÜTHI / SWI / Derendinger Racing Interwetten / Kalex / 16