Folger and Salom react to Motegi last lap drama

Monday, 15 October 2012

In what had started as an uncharacteristically subdued Moto3™ race in Motegi, it was RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom who let the drama unfold in the final lap as he took out Mapfre Aspar Team Moto3 leader Jonas Folger.

Folger had looked like one of the strongest riders throughout the race having led for 14 of the 20 laps. He was also leading a pack of five, containing Red Bull KTM Ajo duo Danny Kent and Sandro Cortese, Team Italia FMI’s Alessandro Tonucci and Salom, as they headed into the final lap. And it was in turn one where Salom tried an ambitious move up the inside, which saw him take out Folger and himself out of contention for the win.

The incident was subsequently investigated by Race Direction, which imposed a five-place grid penalty on the Mallorcan at the following race in Malaysia this weekend. In a statement the FIM said it was for "riding in an irresponsible manner during the Moto3 race, causing danger to rider Jonas Folger, which is an infringement to the article 1.21.2 of the 2012 FIM Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix regulations". Fortunately both riders escaped the crash unhurt.

Jonas Folger

"I felt very strong. Although we had some problems in qualifying, on Sunday we had solved the issues for the warm-up session. I started very motivated, I knew I could fight for the win and I tried to split the group from the off. Then I was joined by Kent and we had a tough battle. As the laps went on I started to feel even more comfortable on worn tyres. I felt that the group was having trouble keep up with me, so I pushed to the limit every lap and by that point I wanted the win more than anything. But then, on the final lap, Salom took me out. It was a shame because we had done a great job. I hope to have better luck in Malaysia."

Luis Salom

"It is a pity and I am really sorry for Jonas Folger, but it was not on purpose. I was fighting for victory and just made a mistake. It was a racing incident. I am back to third in the championship standings. That’s the worst.’’

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