-Stefan Bradl has hinted that the pressure may have been too great for Jonas Folger which contributed to his physical condition and exit from MotoGP for 2018. Bradl is testing for Honda at the private MotoGP test in Sepang this week. (GPone via Speedweek)

-Giacomo Agostini believes reigning MotoGP world champion can surpass his record of 15 world titles as he has “everything to win in the top class as his is a natural gift” (La Gazzetta dello Sport)

-Alberto Puig says his background in racing rather than from an office gives him a strong standing as Livio Suppo’s replacement in the Repsol Honda squad (Marca)

-Toni Elias has been handed a private MotoGP test by Suzuki at Sepang after winning the 2017 MotoAmerica with the Japanese manufacturer (AS)

-LCR Honda boss Lucio Cecchinello wants Cal Crutchlow to return to the top 5 in the MotoGP championship as top satellite rider thanks to the British rider’s stronger ties to the HRC factory on his new contract (Speedweek)

-Sylvain Guintoli tests the prototype Energica Motor electric superbike at Almeria (Twitter)

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Bradl was the tester that made the Kalex the dominant Moto2 bike. He is a probably a great pickup as a tester. Great choice for Honda. Looking at Bradl's past though - his comment may partly mean that he also finds it too stressful to race. He may prefer just riding and being a tester. If that is the case then it's great for Honda. 

For me it's such a huge shame because Jonas will have totally dedicated his life from a very early age to making it in racing and getting a ride at Tech 3 was pretty much the fulfilment of that dream. 

For him to turn his back on that there must have been a strong, strong reason and may have revolved around health issues being compounded with pretty much unbearable pressure - I imagine there is a fair mental component. Only someone of Stoner's stature and in his situation could properly get away with something like that. 

Perhaps his mistake was to leave it so late with Herve but I'm sure that there were reasons for that but if he has conducted himself well and he is still seen as a talent then anything can still happen - MotoGP is just like that.

For what it's worth, I'd like to see Rea, Aegerter or Pasini on that bike. The Tech 3 is such a good bike to make your name on because the bike and team are almost, almost at factory level which means that good results are seen as the responsibility of the rider. 

Don't stress Jonas, it's done now and nobody can predict the future.

Aegeter doesn't deserve a GP ride, he's had a few moments of brilliance in Moto2, but they are too few and too far between...  I hope he has a good season on the KTM, if he gels with that bike I might take back that first sentence for next year.

Rea is unlikely to jump on a satellite Yamaha when Kawisaki are (most likely) throwing tonnes of support (and money) his way to ensure he continues to rewrite the history books in WSBK.  

Pasini would be a good choice, but seems unlikely.

I'm almost more eager to see who gets that ride than I am for the lights to go off in Qatar.

Sorry, Kawasaki ;)

I agree with you that JR's safest option is to stay at Kawasaki but once a rider is secure they quite often do things which are more for their racing satisfaction or legacy.

Casy Stoner won 2 WC's but the reason he is remembered with such reverence is that one was with Honda and one with Ducati. I don't think that Jorge went to Ducati for the bike or the money, he wants to be remembered in the same way as VR will be. Sooner or later MM will also feel the need to show that it's purely him making the difference rather than the bike or team.

When people mention great WC's they will rarely mention Damon Hill or Nicky Hayden because regardless of their quality as a person they never showed that they could do it regardless of machinery or situation.

When it comes to it I don't think that JR will want to retire from such a high level career without knowing where he stood against the best.

It did occur to me that Folger was under a lot of stress but he was putting up a fantastic performance for a rooky despite being slightly overshadowed by Zarco and I dont believe that is the main reason he is abstaining. Either way its very sad. I dont think we will see him in top flight motogp again. A real shame.

I hope he maintains riding bikes during 2018

Looking at Folger's career. I thought that he started well as Ianone's Ongetta teammate. That wasn't a good team. After 3 years he sort of went nowhere. He was riding a Moto 3 MZ that was not fully built. Really, a custom built chasis that was not fully built. His career was over before it began. Then as a miracle a spot opened with Aspar and he started racing well again. Noone really wanted him in Moto2 - thus he signed for the not so good AGR team, where he did great. Did he then get sick with Barr-Epstein for the first time? (Which probably was a misdianosis.)  Then all of a sudden he was the top rider in the world for a day that year at the German GP. 

The point is that Folger may have some issues. But he doesn't have a history of giving up. If anything he bounces back higher every time. I see no reason here for gloom.