The Japanese GP is over before it's even begun. A real blow for Jonas Folger, who won't take part in the first triple-header round due to suspected mononucleosis. The German was feeling particularly tired in recent days and was unable to take part in a number of events arranged by Yamaha.
After speaking with Poncharal, the rider visited the Clinica Mobile, where doctors suggested he return to Munich for more tests. There is a risk that he will miss all three upcoming rounds: "I’ve been feeling really weak since the Misano and Aragon rounds - commented Folger - On arrival in Japan, I have been struggling with my energy levels, even leaving the hotel room was impossible for me. 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 already had mononucleosis in 2012 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."
Folger will be replaced in Japan by Kotha Nozane, a rider currently competing in the Endurance series with team Yamaha YART.