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By Monster Yamaha Tech 3

Folger: “The accident made me a bit nervous”

After highside in FP1 due to track conditions, German rookie hits back to take second on Friday

Jonas Folger (Monster Yamaha Tech 3) showed more impressive form on Friday at the Motul TT Assen, despite a difficult debut at the track in the premier class after the first few minutes of FP1 were punctuated by a Red Flag after oil was dropped on track, catching Folger out and causing him to crash. Worried that would affect the rest of his day, the Tech 3 rider proved that wrong to go second overall and set himself up as the closest challenger to Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) on Day 1.

Jonas Folger, P2: “Today we can be really pleased with the job that we did especially after the tricky start. This morning, I fell after completing only a few corners because I hit the patch of oil from Dovizioso’s bike, which caused me to have a high side. This accident made me a bit nervous about losing my rhythm and my confidence. However, this was not the case when I went back out on the track and even if it took me a while to learn this circuit on the MotoGP bike, I understood the changes well and we made a good step forward. My riding and the direction that we took on the M1 enabled us to achieve a solid lap time, plus we were consistent. So overall, the team and I have finished the day in second, and we must be very happy about what we have accomplished.”

Folger: "I hit a spot of oil from Dovizioso"