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Jonas Folger (Dynavolt Intact GP) has proved his wet weather prowess already in 2016, including a stunning win in Brno at the Czech GP, and Sepang International Circuit saw the German a frontrunner in the rain once again. Escaping at the front with Franco Morbidelli (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS) and new Moto2™ World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport), Folger stayed in the hunt for victory until Zarco began to pull away as the track dried. After overtaking early leader Morbidelli for second, the Dynavolt Intact GP rider then made a mistake on the brakes as the flag approached and was forced to settle for third – nevertheless earning another good haul of points ahead of his move to Monster Yamaha Tech 3 in MotoGP™ next season.
Jonas Folger (P3): “I started confident, but I didn't think that I would have such big grip problems in the race. On Friday I could do 2:21 times in the wet. In the race, we started today with even 2:26 times. There was more water on the track, but even to the end, when it got drier, I still had problems. In any case, it was pretty hard. Johann and Franco were very fast. It was difficult for me to keep up with them. In the end, I was quicker than Franco on the drying track. Johann was already building up a lead, he took a lot of risk and, of course, had the title win in focus. I passed Franco. I just had a good run and was sure of the 2nd place. The distance to Johann was three seconds. I thought I had to keep pushing hard, in case he makes a mistake. In Turn 7, I was a bit too late on the brake and I almost lost control of the front. Too bad that it was not enough for 2nd place. Nevertheless, a podium is very nice for us. Congratulations to Johann for his second Moto2 title. I am very happy for him. He had an incredible season and did very smart races. He deserves it 100%.”
Folger: "Really difficult to overtake Franco"