Pole Positions: 6
Jonas Folger was born on the 13th of August in 1993 in Mühldorf, Germany and he began racing after sampling a motocross bike on holiday at just three years of age, which ignited his passion for motorcycles. After working his way through the German youth leagues, he joined the MotoGP Academy when he was only 12 years old and he went on to impressively complete the Spanish National Championship in third in 2006. Two years later he was given his break in the World Championship where he made six starts in the tightly contested 125cc class. His talent and the notable results lead to him securing a full-time ride in 2009 and here, the rapid German shone as he sped to the Rookie of the Year title and clinched a superb 2nd place finish at the French Grand Prix. Folger maintained his solid form in the lightweight class over the following two seasons, before surging to his maiden win at the British GP in 2011. In the following year, the regulations changed and the series switched over to the new 250cc four-stroke Moto3 engines, and Jonas endured a tricky start to the campaign, but after switching teams mid-way through the campaign, his fortune turned and he recorded a memorable win and three further podiums. He then contested another season in Moto3 where he ended up on the rostrum four times before moving up to the intermediate class in 2014 and here he highlighted his talent by adapting to the 600cc bikes quickly by finishing in the top three twice in the opening six rounds. Folger rode to some impressive results in 2015 as he closed his campaign in 6th after winning two races, as well as finishing in 2nd in Japan and 3rd in Malaysia. In his last season in Moto2, he stormed through the rain to take the victory at the Czech Grand Prix as well as scoring four additional podiums throughout the year. In 2017, the exciting young German fully intends to adapt swiftly to the 1000cc Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP bike and then showcase his talent by powering to some strong finishes.