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13 days ago
By Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Folger: "I still need to keep improving"

German rookie happy with progress but sees work still to do

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) had another solid ride in Jerez, coming home eighth and scoring another good haul of points to keep his 100% record rolling. The German rookie was satisfied with his pace in the latter stages of the race, but feels he needs to improve his starts:

Jonas Folger: "I am pleased with the result and we collected some important points for the championship. I still need to keep improving, but especially on the opening lap. I made too many mistakes when we got going, but in the race, when the tyres dropped, my pace was similar to Maverick and Johann and I made up a lot of ground. This seems to be the case so far in my rookie season, but I need to work on myself and analyse the Grand Prix to see what I can do differently so that I don’t lose as many positions in the first five or six laps. It was my fourth point scoring finish this year, which I am happy about, and I hope to make a step up at the next round."

Before that next round, Folger also had a positive Jerez test - finding some key improvements looking ahead to his team's home race and happy with the new Michelin front tyre the manufacturer brought to the test. He was P14 with a 1:39.797 after 39 laps.

JF94: “We achieved some solid results and improved in several key areas so we are all really happy. It was a hot day, and the conditions were similar to when we raced which was great because we could directly compare what we found. We tried to find a better balance in order to use the front tyre more effectively and we also worked to find additional traction on the rear, which meant that I had to adjust how I ride the bike. I can exit the corner well so I experimented with changing my riding style to get more grip and I tried a different method which was entering the corner faster and exiting slower. This will be useful when the tyres and the traction start to drop in a race. It took us a while to get the feeling and we had to adjust the bike a bit, but we found our way and the results were positive and valuable for the future. With regards to the new tyre, it’s a very good step, and I have heard good things from the Yamaha riders. I was impressed by the tyre itself, which was really stable, especially during braking and I gained a lot of confidence with it. We made some important steps forward so all in all we are very happy and I look forward to the next race at Le Mans."

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