Folger making progress on the road to recovery

Jonas Folger has been busy visiting specialists in the Munich area to diagnose the illness that sidelined him from the Japanese GP and subsequent races in Australia, Malaysia and this weekend’s finale in Valencia. After returning from Japan, the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider went for tests at the TU Munich, Department of Sports Medicine and in addition had further examinations with Dr. Hierl and Dr. Burghardt. A strain of Gilbert Syndrome was discovered, a common genetic disorder affecting 2%-5% of the population, where the liver is unable to process toxins effectively. This has been an underlying condition that has plagued the German rookie for several years but had never been diagnosed properly. Prior to the Japanese GP it had escalated to a point where his entire body shut down, rendering him bedridden.