PETRONAS Sprinta Racing rider finishes 17th despite strong pace after being hampered by qualifying
German rider Jonas Folger has brought his time with the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing team to a positive end at his home event, finishing 17th in today’s race at the Sachsenring in his final outing deputising for the injured Khairul Idham Pawi.
Hampered by qualifying in 20th place and unable to make up time on the leaders in the opening laps, Folger is nonetheless keen to take positives from the race after finishing only 18 seconds from the race winner. Improving every time on the bike across his three weekends with the team and able to run a strong pace in today’s race, his times were easily strong enough to match the top ten but starting so far on the back limited his ability to show his potential.
The Moto2 championship now enters it’s three-week summer break, with Pawi hoping to return to action at the Czech Grand Prix in Brno on 2-4 August.
“I had a good race: it wasn’t perfect but in the end I am happy with it. I didn’t make many mistakes and after three races on the bike we learned a lot about how to go fast, but I lost some time to the lead group in the opening laps. If I had qualified stronger, we would have been able to stay much closer to the front because my pace was close to the top ten. I need to thank PETRONAS Sprinta Racing for the opportunity to ride a Moto2 bike again and for giving me back the sensation of racing. I’ve made the decision that I want to race again in Moto2 next year, and I hope I can find a team as good as this one.”
“In the end Jonas made a good step to only finish 18 seconds from the front after a very strong weekend. The only negative was qualifying so far back, because if he had started further forward, I’m sure he could have fought for the top ten. It’s been good to see his progression with the team and nice to see him happy and smiling again. In one way, it’s a shame we can’t continue with him but at the same time it’ll be great to get Khairul back. I want to thank Jonas for being so professional and helping the team to gather crucial feedback and become more competitive with the bike.”