We haven't seen him on track since September. Just a few days before the triple-header, Jonas Folger was forced to return to Germany due to health problems. At first, it seemed that the Tech3 rider was suffering from mononucleosis, but further tests have revealed that the rider has Gilbert's Syndrome.
This is a genetic disorder that affects between 2% and 5% of the global population, with the liver unable to effectively process toxins. No easy diagnosis for the German, who will need to follow a special diet and does not know when he can get back on his M1: "It’s a huge relief that we now have a clear understanding of the situation and how to move forward. The past 6 weeks have been very difficult for me, not knowing what’s happening or why my body shut down completely. I’ve been living with elements of this since 2011 and am thankful we now have some answers. I’ve received a lot of support from everyone on social media, not just fans but my competitors also and this means a lot to me. I’d like to thank everyone at Monster Yamaha Tech3 and all my sponsors for their belief in me, and messages of support."
As well as the liver problem, the Tech3 rider is also dealing with a damaged nerve in his right vocal chord, following his crash at Aragon. An issue that has affected his voice and that can take 1-2 years to resolve.