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Geplaatst door Bart van Abeelen (babeelen) op Jul 18 2016
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Folger finishes home grand prix in second position
Dynavolt Intact-GP pilot Jonas Folger finished an impressive race at the Sachsenring and only missed the first place by a whisker. Sandro Cortese was on course for place 4 but crashed twice within the last five laps. He managed to finish the race in place 15.
The race day of the German Grand Prix was marked by extremely tricky weather conditions. Strong and continuous rain made the 29 laps on the Sachsenring a very tense affair.
With a superb start Jonas Folger went straight from row 5 to place 4 and was fighting for the podium from the beginning. In lap 8 the 22 year-old even managed to take the lead, but towards the middle of the race the leading group pushed really hard and took a high risk under these difficult weather conditions. Jonas slowed down a little and observed the events from the back of the group. After Franco Morbidelli crashed in place 1, Jonas started to catch up and came closer to the leading riders Johann Zarco and Alex Rins with every lap. When Rins also crashed, Jonas could picture the win in front of his eyes and pushed even harder. In the last turn he overtook Zarco in front of an enthusiastic crowd of spectators, but the Frenchman was able to take the lead again and crossed the finish line just before Jonas.
With the second place and his third podium of the year the 22 year-old took 20 points home and improved to a sixth position in the World Championship standing.
Sandro Cortese had fought back to the Top 5 after initially falling back to position 14.  Five laps before the end of the race he slipped of the track, but managed to get back to 10th position only to crash again. As 12 riders had already crashed out by that time, he saw the chance to finish with valuable points. So he got back on his Kalex and finished the race in position 15. Considering that he could have finished in 4th place in front of the home crowd following the crash of Rins, he was understandably disappointed with that result.
After the summer break the next stop will be at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria from the 12th to the 14th August. The Moto2 team will already be testing this new circuit in this years’ calendar from 26th to 27th July.
1. Johann ZARCO / FRA / KALEX
3. Julian SIMON / SPA / SPEED UP
15. Sandro CORTESE / GER / KALEX
1. ZARCO Johann / FRA / 151
2. RINS Alex / SPA / 126
3. LOWES Sam / GBR / 121
4. LUTHI Thomas / SWI / 93
5. NAKAGAMI Takaaki / JPN / 83
6. FOLGER Jonas / GER / 83
7. SYAHRIN Hafizh / MAL / 69
8. MORBIDELLI Franco / ITA / 66
9. AEGERTER Dominique / SWI / 65
10. CORSI Simone / ITA / 59
11. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 47
12. SALOM Luis / SPA / 37
13. PONS Axel / SPA / 34
14. SIMEON Xavier / BEL / 28
15. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 27
16. SIMON Julian / SPA / 26
17. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 24
18. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 22
19. MARINI Luca / ITA / 20
20. CORTESE Sandro / GER / 15
Jonas Folger
The Sachsenring race has always been a difficult one for me. To finish on the podium at the home grand prix is a brilliant feeling. Even if the win was so, so close. It was a really long race, as it is so unpredictable to race under rainy conditions. I was really tense, as I tried to ride fast and don’t crash at the same time. I never really knew, how far I can go and orientated myself on the other riders. In the middle of the race the guys at the front really put the pressure on and risked a lot. I tried to stay reasonable and waited a little as we had to finish 29 laps after all. This proved to be the right decision. During the last three laps I risked a lot more than Johann (Zarco). I thought „It’s my turn now“. He was very late on the brakes and it wasn’t easy to attack him during the last lap. I tried to keep close, but didn’t have the speed to push away from him. I thought that if I brake in the turn, he would be in the same position and wouldn’t be able to overtake me. But he managed to do so somehow.
Sandro Cortese
Of course it is very sad and annoying that I could not finish the race there, where I was until shortly before the finish. We have watched and analysed the crash but couldn't see a big mistake. It was just a race on a knife-edge today. I didn't see the first crash coming, because I just did the same as in the laps before. I slipped from the track in the Omega. The second fall happened because of all the adrenaline. I returned to the race again, hoping still to score points. At the end I was 15th. After such a highly concentrated racing it was a shame, because I didn't exceeded the limit, but still crashed. Actually, I was doing well in the rain. I'm sorry for the team. We gave everything over the weekend at the Sachsenring and made a good step forward. I am convinced that the results will come soon.
Jürgen Lingg

Both riders did a very good race today. Sandro showed a strong performance, but unfortunately had some bad luck and crashed just before the finish. Nevertheless, we need to see the positive. He had the chance for fourth place and this is very good. Of course, we are extremely happy about the second place of Jonas. He almost won his home race, this almost cannot be beaten! 

Source: www.intactgp.de