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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

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