April 15, 2024
KTM adds Jonas Folger as test rider for 2023 MotoGP season

Folger will operate with incumbents Dani Pedrosa and Mika Kallio on the 2023-spec KTM RC16 in his new role, becoming a member of the workforce just just before the start out of official screening at the Sepang Worldwide Circuit in Malaysia on February 5-7.

His appointment arrives as KTM aims to mount a significant problem for the title this yr, getting completed fourth out of six in last year’s manufacturers’ championship.

The Austrian marque has also modified its manufacturing unit line-up for 2023, with Jack Miller signing up for, changing RNF-sure Miguel Oliveira and partnering Brad Binder.

“As the MotoGP period arrives closer then the plan for our check crew also arrives to daily life,” said KTM MotoGP director Pit Bierer.

“Not numerous men and women see the critical operate these fellas are earning toward our job but their contribution is important. 

“For that rationale, we have selected to insert Jonas to the team along with Mika and Dani who have each currently constructed-up so much knowledge of our race bike and the methods we have produced. 

“We know Jonas quite effectively and he’s briefly ridden our bike right before. He is aware what it can take to put a motorbike at the entrance of a Grand Prix and he is still young and has a great deal to contribute. In comparison to Dani and Mika he has a diverse overall body-kind and model and that will also support us with our improvement. 

“The check group is a wonderful team and I can’t pressure plenty of how much of a robust basis it helps make for our MotoGP racing.”

Pit Beirer, KTM Factory Racing

Pit Beirer, KTM Manufacturing unit Racing

Picture by: KTM Pictures

A a few-time race winner in the Moto2 ranks among 2015 and 2016, Folger designed his MotoGP debut with Tech 3 Yamaha in 2017 and claimed next on his property turf in Germany, but his rookie campaign was lower limited just after he was identified with Gilbert’s syndrome.

Right after expending some time on the sidelines, he was tasked with spearheading Yamaha’s European exam group in 2019, attaining expertise of running the tests programme of a factory.

When the Japanese company elected not to renew his deal at the close of the 2019 period, Folger moved outside of grand prix racing, winning Germany’s IDM championship the following yr on a Yamaha R1.

This aided him land a total-time seat in the Planet Superbike Championship with Bonovo BMW in 2021, but Folger struggled to acclimatise himself to the M1000RR following a profession invested nearly totally on Yamaha equipment, and he could muster a greatest finish of eighth in advance of his team elected to sit out the ultimate rounds of the time.

His deal with KTM indicates he will be back in the MotoGP paddock for the 1st time in 6 a long time.