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Jonas Folger was born in August 1993 in Germany, and he began racing after sampling a motocross bike on holiday at just three years of age, which ignited his passion for motorcycles. 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.
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 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.
Johann quickly developed a passion for motorcycles at a young age. The Cannes born rider quickly advanced through the ranks in Europe and grabbed global attention by winning the MotoGP Rookies Cup in 2007. After two years of constant and impressive progress, his standout campaign was in 2011, where he superbly finished as the series runner-up in the ultra-competitive shootout and he clinched ten podiums, four pole positions and a maiden victory at the Japanese GP. Then, Zarco dominated the 2015 season by blazing to eight victories. Furthermore, the French star broke the record for the highest number of points collected in a season in the intermediate class as he scored 352. In 2016, Zarco continued from where he left off and he once again brilliantly took the championship to become the only rider to achieve the title twice in succession in the Moto2 class, after obtaining seven victories and seven pole positions.
This season, he will make his highly anticipated step up to MotoGP with the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team and together, the rider and the crew will seek to adjust to the YZR-M1 before contesting for some solid finishes in the premier class!