WorldSBK Catalunya: Track experience will help wildcard appearance – Folger

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Former MotoGP star Jonas Folger believes his experience at the Catalunya circuit will help him as he puts in a WorldSBK wildcard appearance this weekend.

Folger has raced at the track in Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP since 2008 so had turned in thousands of laps if your include testing, so he knows where every bump, ripple and fart is.

The German’s career was then halted in 2017 after being diagnosed with Gilbert’s syndrome but since then, the 27-year-old has been steadily returning to the racing scene, riding again in Moto2 for five events in 2019, before committing to a full-season entry in the 2020 IDM Superbike Championship on a Yamaha R1.

With the season shortened due to COVID-19, Folger has quickly adapted to the bike and series and has won all six races so far to put himself in reach of the title.

“I look forward to this weekend, as I really wanted to do a wildcard WorldSBK ride this year on a Yamaha R1. I’m really happy to have my full team coming too from the IDM Superbikes, including all the crew and mechanics,” said Folger.

“We have a good package and we’re all very excited to arrive in Barcelona and show what we can do. It’s a good track for me, as I’ve done a lot of laps there over the years, so I’m ready to put in a good performance.”

There is a good chance this is a rehearsal for a full-season next year and the works team have a vacant seat right now.