News 12 Oct 2017

Illness forces Folger to miss Motegi MotoGP round

Lack of energy on arrival in Japan sidelines German rookie.

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Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider Jonas Folger has been forced to withdraw from this weekend’s 15th round of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship in Japan with an illness, and is currently returning to Germany for further medical evaluations.

The premier class rookie said he has lacked energy in recent weeks, which was heightened upon arrival. Admitting he’s suffered from Epstein Barr virus in the past, he believes it could’ve potentially flared up again, however he won’t yet know until he undergoes further tests.

“I came to Japan and was motivated for these three flyaway races, but I’ve been feeling really weak since the Misano and Aragon rounds On arrival here,” said Folger. “I have been struggling with my energy levels, even leaving the hotel room was impossible for me, and unfortunately, I had to miss some Yamaha events, which I’m very sorry for.

“I met with Hervé on Wednesday night and we agreed to go for a check with the doctors this morning. I met with Dr Charte and the Clinica Mobile team and they have advised me to return to Germany right away for a series of blood tests.

“I’ve had Epstein Barr virus in the past and it’s a possibility that this has flared up again and resurfaced, but we can’t be sure until I’ve had these tests in Munich. I’m really sorry for my whole team and Yamaha at their home race and would like to thank them for all their support.

“Also sorry to my personal sponsors, I appreciate them all standing by me at this difficult time. Now we must remain positive and aim to come back stronger.”

It’s unlikely Folger will return for the Australian grand prix at Phillip Island next week, while it’s yet to be determined whether the team will field a replacement rider alongside regular Johann Zarco.