Yamaha hands 2017 Tech3 MotoGP rider Folger test rider role for '19

Yamaha MotoGP team director Massimo Meregalli has confirmed Jonas Folger will join the manufacturer as a test rider for the 2019 season

Yamaha hands 2017 Tech3 MotoGP rider Folger test rider role for '19

Folger, a Tech3 Yamaha rider in 2017, had his rookie season cut short when he was diagnosed with Gilbert's syndrome and then decided to sit out the 2018 campaign on the eve of the season's start.

The German rider made his on-track return in June by testing for the Kalex Moto2 squad, where he tested the new Triumph engine the intermediate category will introduce next year.

Folger then emerged as a target for MotoGP teams, mainly Yamaha and KTM, to take on a test rider role for next year.

The 25-year-old attended Yamaha's private test at Aragon last week, although he did not ride Yamaha's M1.

"Basically, even if we didn't make any announcement, the choice has been already made some time ago with him," Meregalli told MotoGP.com during Friday practice at Misano.

"We have asked him to join the [Aragon] test because he needs to learn and listen and what the rider comments were about the bike."

Bradley Smith was announced as Aprilia's test rider earlier on Friday, meaning the last question mark over test rider roles is whether the retiring Dani Pedrosa joins Mika Kallio in KTM's test team for 2019.

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