Jonas Folger expects to make his debut with a Yamaha wing fairing at this weekend's British MotoGP.

The German rookie, like Monster Yamaha Tech 3 team-mate Johann Zarco, is tipped to get the first generation of M1 wing fairing, which can no longer be used by the factory team after their recent fairing upgrade.

"I really like the Silverstone track so after the unlucky weekend that we had in Austria, we are looking forward to the British Grand Prix where we will attack and try to clinch a good result," said Folger, who slipped to eighth in the world championship after technical problems in the Spielberg race.

"I am certain that we will come back in a strong way and we have to collect points because Brno and Spielberg didn’t go to plan. I’m sure that we can show our true level at Silverstone, which is a circuit that I really enjoy riding at.

"I have great memories there, including my first-ever victory in the 125cc class and some other solid results.

"I hope that we are going to try the new winglets too, which we are supposed to get at Silverstone so it will be interesting to work with the new aerodynamic parts. I’m sure our hard work will get us close to the top and I’m excited about the British GP challenge.”

Team-mate Zarco is now 22 points clear of Folger in their fight for rookie of the year.

“Silverstone is a very fast track and I am happy to go there after the solid and rewarding weekend that we had in Austria," said the Frenchman. "I have a high level of motivation again so my target is to fight with the top guys and to collect as many points as possible for the championship.

"In the past, I have been competitive at Silverstone in Moto2, so I hope I will feel good on my Yamaha MotoGP bike. I am sure that I will be confident and I aim to manage the tyres as well as I can in order to have a strong race and then finish close to the front.”

Only one fairing update is allowed during the season, with a maximum of two different fairings available for use at any one time. In the case of the four Yamaha riders, that means one standard fairing and one wing fairing.

Team manager Herve Poncharal admitted it will be strange to arrive at Silverstone without a British rider.

“This will be the first time in many years that we have not had an English rider in the Tech3 team, after James Ellison, James Toseland, Bradley Smith and Cal Crutchlow all spent time with us," he said. " Anyway, our team has always had an incredibly warm welcome and a strong level of support from the British crowd, who I think are possibly the best fans in the world. This is because they love travelling and they know so much about our sport, plus it is a real pleasure to meet some of these people at Silverstone every year.

"A big moment of the weekend is the Riders for Health auction on Thursday, where the paddock is open and we can meet so many people. It’s a really special, friendly and family orientated event where a lot of riders as well as team managers go onstage to answer the public’s questions and share our passion for MotoGP.

"I really hope that we can please the crowd and a podium in the UK would be like a dream, so this result would especially reward the two English Monster Yamaha Tech3 members on their home soil. Steve Blackburn is Johann’s mechanic who has been with us for many years, and Wil Moody is our social media coordinator and press writer and one of the important people in our communications team. We are ready for this special event.”


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