ROOKIE FOLGER IS FLYING
Maverick Viñales wasn’t the only Yamaha rider to come away from Phillip Island having seriously impressed, with rookie sensation Jonas Folger stunning the established elite by finishing fourth overall – only just missing out on being a member of the 1m28s club.
Running a fast and consistent pace, the German has shown an incredible turnaround in form following a difficult 2016 Moto2 campaign – but says that it’s simply a case of the more advanced Motogp electronics allowing him to ride the bike the way he wants to.
“It’s hard to say why the transition has been so good, but the Motogp bike’s electronics help me in many ways – in places where I had problems in Moto2. Every problem I have now, I can solve myself by 50% and then have the mechanics solve the rest. They have so many things they can see on the bike that they can also tell me where I’m making mistakes so that I can change my riding to adapt better.
“I’m surprised with my lap time, but what’s good is that we fast for a lot of laps, and able to set up the electronics well on used tyres too. But I think I have to stay calm and not expect too much. It’s just testing and everything can change in the actual race!”
It was more steady away at Phillip Island for Folger’s Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Johann Zarco, with the double Moto2 world champion finishing 15th overall, admitting that he knows that it could take time to adapt to the Motogp bike.
‘ It’s just testing and everything can change in the actual race!’
Motogp’s tech has helped Folger