German Grand Prix runner-up Jonas Folger says he opted to settle for second place behind Marc Marquez after a mistake four laps from the finish at the Sachsenring.

The Monster Tech 3 Yamaha rider had earlier allowed Marquez through into the lead after running wide at T1 and he made the same error as he chased Marquez later in the race.

The home favourite, who feels he lost around one second, attempted to claw back the deficit to mount a final attack, but a couple of near-misses forced Folger to reassess his priorities and he decided to bring the M1 home in second place.

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It was the best result of his rookie season in the premier class so far and Folger said: "I knew from the warm-up I had a great pace; I was following Marc and Dani [Pedrosa] and I saw that my third sector was really strong and I was passing Dani there and Marc there. I was even leading the race and I couldn't believe I was leading here in Sachsenring, so it was a really nice moment.

"At the end I let Marc go because he has the most experience and I tried to stay behind him. To be honest I learned many things behind him; I tried to save tyres, I tried different lines and different styles and at the end I wasn't quite sure that I could stay behind him.

"I was more than sure that I would try to attack him on the last lap but unfortunately with four laps to go, I made a mistake. Marc was pushing really hard on braking to improve lap times; the tyres were dropping and I made the same mistake and went really wide, lost more than a second, and tried to recover," he added.

"I almost crashed two or three times trying to catch him so I said, 'OK, I tried everything I could, so I stayed in second place and let him win. It was a great experience and I enjoyed a lot riding with Marc and Dani and I learned a lot."

Folger, whose solid debut season has only been overshadowed somewhat due to team-mate and fellow MotoGP newcomer Johann Zarco's exploits, said his ambition is to become the best German rider ever in the premier class.

"It's an honour for me to be able to make this result and it's a long time since a German rider was really performing well in MotoGP. I have one mission and it's to be the best German rider in MotoGP," said Folger, who said leading his home race was a 'strange feeling'.

"It was a strange feeling and I expect Marc to overtake me in every corner, but after a few laps I understand that my pace was not so bad and we were able to lead. Anyway, I made one mistake so I let him go and tried to save tyres behind him.

"It looks like every track is different this year and it's crazy. Every time there are different people in front and this year is really strange."

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So, Jonas has matched Johann's best performance yet.
Whoever will make the first move higher, will make my day for sure !

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Mullet:
TrueFan: Some guys adapt to MotoGP, and some guys struggle. Welcome to the elite level young man.[\blockquote]

Also, some guys get to career ending bikes (circa 2010 Ducati, circa last year Honda, the "Monday" bike on current Aprilia factory) and others get the smooth riding Yamaha that lets people off easy.

I mean, look at Tech 3, one has to go back to the days of Toseland and Edwards to look for riders who did not progress onto bigger and better things (and that's just because CE and JT came from a different place). After them, Crutchlow, Dovi, Smith, P. Espargaro... All have established themselves in MotoGP and had decent success on Tech 3 too. Is it just Herve's goodness?[\blockquote]

Ben Spies?

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"“It looks like every track is different this year and it's crazy. Every time there are different people in front and this year is really strange."

Well, Dorna have control of everyone's electronics. They get to decide the outcomes now.

For any conspiracy theorists.

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I've said before that Folger has been a revelation this year, and Herve the wily operator should be patting himself on the back again...

Folger was strong all weekend here, and I expected him to try valiantly but fall back through to a creditable top 10 result...wow! He fought tooth and nail with Marquez for that race, and only conceded after he outbraked himself into turn 1 for the second time. So close to the end of the race, and no tyres left to support another crack at MM, he wisely settled for a hard fought and very convincing 2nd position.

Very impressive performance.This bloke has some real talent. Some guys adapt to MotoGP, and some guys struggle. Welcome to the elite level young man.

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Yearby23: Poncharal has nailed it this year, signing 2 of the hungriest riders I've ever witnessed... A superb first half season for both Folger and Zarco and wish them even more success in the 2nd half.[\blockquote]
Spot on. +1
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The only one to bring the fight to Marquez on the Sanchenring and on a satellite Yamaha. What a ride from the rookie.

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Poncharal has nailed it this year, signing 2 of the hungriest riders I've ever witnessed... A superb first half season for both Folger and Zarco and wish them even more success in the 2nd half.

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Marquez King of the Ring, Folger the Prince. Fantastic drive!

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I know what Jonas is trying to say, and he ran a superb race that made this race one of the best this year.

But in reality his mistake was brought on by Marc's sheer brilliance - to almost beat the lap record on completely WORN TYRES in the last 3 laps of the race, is just sheer brilliance, and that is what won the race.

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cassyo: So, Jonas has matched Johann's best performance yet.
Whoever will make the first move higher, will make my day for sure ![\blockquote]
And they did so in their home races, respectively .
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