MotoGP » Moto3: Folger sweeps Sepang practice


Jonas Folger fastest during both Friday practice sessions for the Malaysian Moto3 Grand Prix at Sepang.

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mrfill

October 19, 2012 10:47 AM

What a shame Jonas wasn't in the Aspar team from the start of the season. I think it would be a different German making space on his trophy shelf.

I'd certainly put 2p on him for the 2013 season.

mrfill

October 19, 2012 11:16 AM

@EffOne
Spot on. I was amazed to see he is taller and heavier than a lot of the MotoGP riders. He's only a few kilo lighter than the machine itself and how he gets all that mass behind the fairing defies belief.
Top kid and charming with it.

M1M - Unregistered

October 19, 2012 11:24 AM

Yes he's doing a great job with the aerodynamics, tucking himself in, but unlike Moto2, there's a combined rider and bike weight in the Moto3 class. I too wish he had been on the bike all season because we probably wouldn't have the arrogant Cortese in the championship lead.

Vilas

October 19, 2012 11:49 AM

Yeah folger is a great rider no doubt!! I just feel a lot for Maverick its a big pity not wach him racing, at least i hope that this kids can go insane and fight hard very hard , i thin this track will be good for the Kalex that is better chassi then the KTM.. If Folger and Salom at least can fight with Cortese and put him in troubles will be nice for the show dont end at this gp.. Cortese have to crash CRASH.eheh

petrolbonce

October 19, 2012 3:49 PM

@mrfill don't forget weight is less of a penalty because of the combined ride/bike weight limit. However remember that Folger is an inch or so shorter than Rossi and also a little lighter, and look how well he went on a 125.

Height and weight are not such a clean cut issue as some would have you believe. While it can cause issues with acceleration, braking and aerodynamics the additional strength and leverage means the big boys can throw their bikes around with ease compared to the lightweights. I mean look at Koyama, 5 foot one and seven and a half stone, I'm amazed he can turn a Moto2 bike at all.

Furthermore more weight and height means you can get your weight further out in turns meaning you're keeping the bike more upright, another advantage.

petrolbonce

October 19, 2012 3:55 PM

WOnder where Salom will end up in qualifying given his penalty.

Not that I've ever agreed with grid penalties for that sort of behaviour. Somebody makes a dangerous overtaking move and you move them further down the grid? Won't that just make them even more inclined to take risks passing people?

I think the best penalty is either a ban for one or more races, depending on the severity of the offence or a points penalty. If they want to penalize him five places why not take 14 points away? After all dropping him to 180 points would almost take away the incredibly slim title chance he currently holds.

paskaal

October 19, 2012 6:35 PM

I'm glad that Jonas is in good form this week-end and the dramatic end of his great performance in Motegi is behind him.
I wish him all the best for the qualifications and the race. I hope he wins this race.
He can and deserves to be in the top ten in the World championship.
GO FOLGAASS!!

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