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Folger hits the top four: fastest rookie at Phillip Island

German heads home confident despite a crash with no consequence

Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Jonas Folger kept his roll of fastest rookie at the Phillip Island test as action concluded, taking P4 on the timesheets and hugely impressing once again. A small crash hindered a race simulation on Day 3 before the German got back in the groove and kept improving, setting a 1:29.042 as his best lap and heading home with 190 under his belt after the three days of testing.

#AusTest Day 3 - Rider reactions

Jonas Folger, P4: "Today was another good day and we can head home feeling positive for the future and happy about what we accomplished at Phillip Island. This morning, I got straight to work and I was able to cut my lap time further, which was a strong start. After that, the team and I tried a lot of settings on the bike but I was never 100% sure about which direction was the best one to take, despite the rhythm being quite good. Then, I started a race simulation but after three or four laps, I crashed at turn six. I returned to the track on my second bike that had a different setting, and after completing eleven laps or so, my confidence came back and I became faster and faster, which was very important. Now we know which direction we have to head towards and we will try again in Qatar. However, for the moment, we can be fully satisfied about what we completed here because the rhythm was good, the lap time was strong, we tried many options and we sorted a lot of things out, so we can all be really content.”