Slow start costs Folger at Spielberg

2019-08-11 15:19
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing racer Jonas Folger has left the Austrian Grand Prix disappointed with his progress during the opening laps of Sunday’s race at the Red Bull Ring and forced to settle for 18th. Able to be fast and consistent in the closing laps, his start cost him the chance to fight for his goal of points.

Knowing that he had to launch his charge as soon as the lights went out, the stand-in for the injured Khairul Idham Pawi was unable to make the moves he wanted. However, able to get stronger as the race progressed, he quickly moved through the field to progress from his 22nd on the grid to eventually just miss the points in 18th.

The next round of the 2019 Moto2 championship is the British Grand Prix at Silverstone, with action getting underway on Friday 23rd August.

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Jonas Folger
18th (+25.226)

“It’s Jonas’ best result for us and in the middle and end of the race he did really well - he’s just struggling a little in the first three or so laps. If we can make this better, then he can easily be in the points. We’ve made a lot of progress with him this weekend and we had a better race as a result, but we’re still not where we want to be.”

“It was strange in the opening laps, but everyone soon realised that conditions were quite good. I’m struggling to fight with people and overtake them at the start of races, and I think I have to just try and get more experience there because right now I’m out of my rhythm. But after the opening laps I had a good race. I had a small technical issue that cost me five or six seconds, but after that my times improved and I overtook quite a few guys. I enjoyed the race, I feel like we made a big step forwards, and if I could have gone faster in the opening laps then I could have scored some points.”
Moto2 Race Results - Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich
1 Brad Binder 41 Red Bull KTM Ajo 37'24.963
2 Alex Marquez 73 EG 0,0 Marc VDS 37'25.293
3 Jorge Navarro 9 Beta Tools Speed Up 37'26.802

Source: SIC Racing Team

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