German GP: Spectacular Folger takes 2nd in home race

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Jonas Folger delivered an incredible performance today in front of his ecstatic home crowd by sealing a maiden MotoGP podium. The young gun started the race from 5th on the grid and on the sixth lap, he expertly moved into the lead ahead of Marc Marquez. The pair swapped positions five laps later, but the determined Folger kept focused before memorably meeting the chequered flag in 2nd and as the leading Yamaha.

Jonas Folger German GP 2017

Meanwhile, Johann Zarco produced a determined performance today to seize 9th, as he muscled his way through the field from 19th on the grid. The French star endured a tough qualifying but pushed non-stop as he consistently progressed. At the start of the penultimate lap, he dived past Cal Crutchlow to move into 9th and he powered onwards to complete the race in this position. The MotoGP paddock will return to the track for the Monster Energy Grand Prix České Republiky which takes place on the 6th August.

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Jonas Folger
Position: 2nd – Championship: 7th – Points: 71

Jonas Folger - 2017“I don’t really know what to say other than I am so happy and I still can’t quite believe what we achieved! I fought with Marc for the victory and we had a great performance. I especially showed that I can get on the podium, which is a super feeling and a big boost for my confidence. In the past, Johann had a lot of good races whereas I sometimes didn’t because I made some small mistakes, but today I finally feel like I showed my potential. I think that we have to enjoy this moment and take the positive points that we made here to Brno and into the rest of the season. Thanks to my team for their work and I am already looking forward to getting back on my Yamaha in the Czech Republic after the summer break.”

 

Johann Zarco
Position: 9th – Championship: 6th – Points: 84

Johann Zarco - 2017“Overall, it was a great race for me today in Germany. On the first day, I felt good but then the weather made things difficult on Saturday and I had a crash in FP3, which complicated matters so in the end, I started from 19th. Yet, I kept calm and I managed the GP lap by lap, which allowed me to overtake my opponents. I saw that the other riders started to struggle and I was stronger so I thought that I could almost take 7th and 8th but they were a bit too far in front. It is difficult to overtake here at Sachsenring but I did my best even if it was tough to be at the back of the group. However, I am happy because it has been a great experience and we are leaving this Grand Prix, for the summer break, in a positive way. I am also very pleased with what Jonas did. In the race, he was so good and it was great for our team and for him so overall, I am happy for everyone.”

 

German GP 2017 Race Results

POS. RIDER NUM NATION POINTS TEAM TIME/GAP
1 MARQUEZ Marc 93 SPA 25 Repsol Honda Team 40’59.525
2 FOLGER Jonas 94 GER 20 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 3.310
3 PEDROSA Dani 26 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team 11.546
4 VINALES Maverick 25 SPA 13 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 14.253
5 ROSSI Valentino 46 ITA 11 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 14.980
6 BAUTISTA Alvaro 19 SPA 10 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 16.534
7 ESPARGARO Aleix 41 SPA 9 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 19.736
8 DOVIZIOSO Andrea 4 ITA 8 Ducati Team 20.188
9 ZARCO Johann 5 FRA 7 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 21.138
10 CRUTCHLOW Cal 35 GBR 6 LCR Honda 24.210
11 LORENZO Jorge 99 SPA 5 Ducati Team 25.659
12 PETRUCCI Danilo 9 ITA 4 Octo Pramac Racing 31.540
13 ESPARGARO Pol 44 SPA 3 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 32.179
14 SMITH Bradley 38 GBR 2 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 36.453
15 MILLER Jack 43 AUS 1 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 37.771
16 KALLIO Mika 36 FIN 0 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 37.852
17 ABRAHAM Karel 17 CZE 0 Pull&Bear Aspar Team 39.323
18 RABAT Tito 53 SPA 0 Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 41.190
19 BAZ Loris 76 FRA 0 Reale Avintia Racing 59.850
20 REDDING Scott 45 GBR 0 Octo Pramac Racing 1’01.664
21 RINS Alex 42 SPA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar 1’01.695
22 IANNONE Andrea 29 ITA 0 Team Suzuki Ecstar 6 laps
23 LOWES Sam 22 GBR 0 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 18 laps
24 BARBERA Hector 8 SPA 0 Reale Avintia Racing
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