MotoGP: Folger to sit out 2018 MotoGP season

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Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider will, as originally reported by MCN in October, sit out the 2018 MotoGP season as he continues to recover from the genetic disorder that saw him miss the final races of last season. 

The German was diagnosed with the illness after struggling with energy levels and eventually collapsing en route to the Japanese Grand Prix in October, but was believed to be back on the road to recovery after doctors diagnosed his illness and moved him to a special diet to manage it. 

However, still not making enough progress to get back on the bike when the season kicks off later this month at the Sepang test, team boss Herve Poncharal was informed yesterday that Folger would not race. 

“Last night (Tuesday) I received a call from Bob Moore, Jonas Folger’s personal manager. I couldn’t believe what Bob was telling me on the phone, that Jonas Folger has decided not to race the 2018 MotoGP season, because he doesn’t feel 100 percent mentally and physically recovered. 

“It is still very difficult for me to believe, that he’s not going to race with us in 2018, especially because he has been somebody I had lot of faith in and I was sure we would reach top level together this year. I completely respect his decision, although it’s hard to swallow. 

“Yet, I will try to find a solution for a replacement rider, which is a very difficult mission, as all of the fast riders are already contracted. But as always in racing we need to be proactive, inventive and hopefully we can make someone very happy. We will keep all of you informed about the evolution of the situation.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer