Jonas Folger makes official debut with PETRONAS Sprinta Racing

German rider finishes in 20th place on his first day of practice with the Malaysian team at the Catalan GP.

Jonas Folger had his first day of action with the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto2 team this Friday and went 20th overall in the opening practice sessions for the Catalan GP. The German put in a total of 32 laps as he got acclimatised with his new bike.

FP1 began with Folger doing a run of seven laps to test out his Kalex for the first time, attempting to adapt to its characteristics as soon as possible. In his second stint, he steadily improved his lap times to break into the 1:46s. His penultimate lap of the session was a 1min 45.701secs that allowed him to take 19th position. The stand-in rider used much of the session to adjust the geometry of his bike to ride more comfortably.

In FP2, Folger continued accumulating kilometres, eventually going 19th with a time of 1min 45.588secs, set on his last run of the session and improving his FP1 time by more than a tenth. He was 20th on the combined timesheets, less than a second off the top spot.

On Saturday morning Folger will have another 40 minutes in FP3, in which to continue getting used to his bike and try to go straight into Q2. Qualifying will be held at 3:05pm (Q1) and 3:30pm (Q2) local time.

#94 Jonas Folger
“I felt good. There’s a big difference between a Moto2 and a MotoGP bike, which is what I’ve been training with recently. I need a bit of time to adapt to the bike and the tyres. It’s a combination of getting the bike ready and adapting my riding style to it. I tried many things out, but we have been taking steps forward. I finished 20th, but was only 0.9s off the pace, which is good. We know that we have plenty of room for improvement and if we find solutions we will take big steps forward. We are not so far off; We are happy with the work we are doing. Today’s plan was to improve on each run, both in terms of my riding and my setup. The positive thing is that we know in what direction we should go with the setup; we aren’t lost or in a situation where we don’t know what to do. I know what the bike needs and I know what I need to change about my riding style, so that’s the good thing. We will try to gather the data we have and improve for tomorrow.”