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Action shots of Friday's practice of MotoGP at Phillip Island

Folger talks sensational home MotoGP experience

Jul 032017

The first weekend of July in 2017 will be a date that is not easily forgotten by 23 year old Jonas Folger. The MotoGP rookie and former Moto3 and Moto2 Grand Prix winner blazed around the fast curling layout of Sachsenring, near Chemnitz, and almost grasped the chequered flag in what was only his ninth appearance in the world’s most watched motorcycle racing series.

Folger, whose previous best classification had been a 6th place in Argentina and Catalunya had previously shown several flashes of speed and a nerve that suggests the occasional ‘wobbles’ of his Moto2 days were ebbing away just as quickly as his adaptation to the raw power and pace of the Yamaha M1. The German had explained at the Monster Energy Grand Prix of Catalunya only a few weeks before how he was learning to manage the tyre life and complex electronic settings of the 350kmph beast…but at the Sachsenring he graduated.

“We had some expectations for the season but then after a few races we were doing a better job than we expected,” he said on Thursday in Germany and after eye-catching times and competitiveness through the tests and early rounds. “We have very good speed,” he affirmed. “We just need to show it every race weekend but the tracks are different with a MotoGP bike and the weather is different. It can be difficult to find a quick solution sometimes.”


“During the winter I was not worried but I was thinking ‘this is MotoGP, have I made the right choice? Can I ride this type of bike?’ And in the end I was more than happy and in the winter tests I enjoyed myself so much.”


“I expected a bit more pressure but I feel more comfortable than last year because we are doing well,” he said. “I trust the team and in our work. A lot of people thought I would break under the pressure but in the end I enjoy the attention here and the fans are incredible. I enjoy the nice feelings and I’m riding well. I don't have more pressure than last year. I am even better.”