27 August 2017

MotoGP: Motorcyclist Jonas Folger forced to withdraw from British Grand Prix after massive crash at Silverstone

MOTOGP star Jonas Folger suffered a horrific crash in Sunday’s warm-up session at the British Grand Prix, forcing him to withdraw from competition.

The 24-year-old fell during the 20-minute session at Silverstone as his bike ended up on the top of the fence, leaving him to be taken away on a stretcher.

Jonas Folger suffered a nasty in Sunday’s warm-up session at Silverstone
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MotoGP tweeted: “Huggggeee crash for Jonas Folger early in the session.”

He was taken to the medical centre, where thankfully it was revealed the German racer came through relatively unscathed from the crash.

Folger then assured fans he was OK, tweeting: “First medical check negative – OK !!!”

However, just hours before the start of the race, he was forced to withdraw after suffering from dizziness and was then taken to a hospital for further checks.

He then updated his fans by saying: “Update: no race today, on the way to Hospital for a CT precautionary.”

Before adding: “update Back from hospital, luckily nothing broken but feeling pretty sore and still dizzy. Thanks for all your kind wishes.”

The 24-year-old German was forced to withdraw from participation at the British Grand Prix
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Folgar – who had been battling a virus this weekend and was due to start 10th on the grid, then finally issued a statement on his personal website, declared he will be hoping to back in contention for the next race in Misano.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 driver said: “Jonas Folger was unable to take part in the race after an evil fall in the warm-up.

“At the initial examination at the Medical Center, no serious injuries were diagnosed. The racing doctor nevertheless issued no starter certificate.

“Subsequently, Folger was taken as a precaution to the University Hospital in Coventry. A computer tomography ultimately gave a definite all clear.

The Monster Yamaha Tech 3 driver was due to start 10th on the grid

The crash in the morning, however, meant a disappointing ending of the weekend, because after the initial health problems, Folger had calculated a lot for the race.

“The German MotoGP ™ Rookie will now try to recover completely until the next race in Misano. The championship will continue in two weeks with the Gran Premio di San Marino.”

The British Grand Prix was eventually won by Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso who replaced Marc Marquez at the top of the championship.

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