(Motorinformed.com) – The Superbike World Championship starts the new season at the weekend. Jonas Folger will be there, and he will drive a BMW M1000RR for Michael Galinski’s Bonovo Action Team. For Folger it is the first full World Championship season since the end of MotoGP in autumn 2017.
Jonas Folger made it onto the podium in his MotoGP debut season
Since then, there has not been a regular German rider in MotoGP. Stefan Bradl completed various races as a wildcard driver for Honda. Bradl also came to some races as a substitute pilot. Apart from that, there was no German participation. Can Bradl imagine that Folger would recommend himself to return to MotoGP via the Superbike World Championship?
“Never say never. The chances are of course not unbelievably great,” explains Bradl in a video interview on the Motorinformed.com YouTube channel. “He has to prove himself again in his first full season in the Superbike World Championship. There is no question that he has a lot of talent and that he will be competitive,” said Bradl.
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“I do think that he can provide some highlights. Then you will see. He spent almost a year in MotoGP, but then unfortunately struggled with his health,” remembers Bradl of the MotoGP season 2017, in the follower drove for the Tech 3 Yamaha team and got some good results.
“It would be desirable from a German point of view. But one thing at a time. That would be my approach. Now he has to see that he can manage in the Superbike World Championship and achieve success. Who knows, it could be that a team is under the Jonas Takes the contract “, ponders Bradl.
Folger celebrates his 28th birthday in August. There has been a generation change in MotoGP in recent years. The generation of Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa and Andrea Dovizioso said goodbye. Young talents from Moto2 moved up and are currently determining what is happening.
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That makes the situation all the more difficult for Folger. “If you look at the young generation who are moving up from Moto2 and Pedro Acosta, a new hero who drives everything to the ground in Moto3, it doesn’t get any easier with age,” says Bradl.
Although Folger only took part in 13 races in his MotoGP debut season, he finished the championship in the top 10. The highlight was second place in the home race at the Sachsenring. In addition, Folger made it into the top 6 twice. A breakdown at the flag-to-flag race in Brno prevented another top result. Health problems forced Folger to end the season in October.