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Folger: "We completed a lot of laps on the medium tyre"

German rookie locks out the top three on Day 1 of the Catalan GP

Jones Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) had some impressive pace on Day 1 of the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya, and the German rookie flew to P3 on the combined timesheets.

Back up to strength following a crash ahead of race day in Mugello that left the Tech 3 rider on the back foot, Folger also did a long run on medium tyres, with positive results.

Jonas Folger, P3: "It was a really strong first day and I am very pleased with how things developed. To be honest, it obviously took some time to adapt and understand the new chicane and it felt a bit strange to ride through that section of the track instead of the previous one. However, we tried a lot of different things today in order to find an immediate direction for the setup of the bike, and now I can say that it was a good choice to do this and we have a clear way. Also, we completed a lot of laps on the medium tyre and in the end we ran the total race distance on one set. Then, I went out on soft tyres and we made a big step forward. It was a very good day for us and we improved every time that I left the pit box, so I hope that we can continue in this positive way tomorrow."

Folger: "We tried to escape from our problems at Mugello"