Augusto Fernández and the easyRace Moto2 Team start the season on the podium
The FIM CEV Repsol 2017 championship started this weekend at the Albacete Circuit, where the easyRace team debuted in the European Moto2 Championship. The new era of the team, headed by Eduardo Salvador, had a great start because Augusto Fernández has reached his first podium in the class after an incredible comeback.
The weekend hadn’t been easy for the easyRace Moto2 Team, because of the rainy conditions during the practices and it was only on Sunday they’ve been able to ride on a dry track at the Albacete Circuit. After a short preseason, the team has made a good job to get the right settings of the Suter for this first race of the season.
After a positive warm up, Augusto had good feelings before the race. The track conditions were much better and this fact allowed him to do similar lap times to the ones he made at the test that was held in Albacete some weeks ago.
Augusto couldn’t have a good rhythm from the beginning, and also a touch with another rider made him lose some contact with the front riders.
Even so, the rider from Mallorca found his rhythm in the second third of the race and from that moment, he started and amazing comeback from the seventh place to fight for the podium. After getting rid of his rivals, Augusto faced the last laps battling for the third place with the reigning champion, Steven Odendaal, who didn’t make things easy for Augusto.
However, Fernández could finally do it and got his first podium of the year. A fantastic debut for the easyRace Moto2 Team, who will try to continue with the good feelings on June 18th at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, where the two next races will be held.
“It has been a really good debut in the championship for me and for the team. Last year it was harder to get the podium, but this time I’ve started well. We’re working very good; the team is new in this class and we’ve started to work on this motorbike late, so we’re still adjusting to it. We expected a bit more in this race, but it was hard for me to find the rhythm. I’ve had some problems and also I’ve been taken off the track during the first laps, but I knew that with the used tyres I had a better rhythm. I also expected a bit more from me from the start, but step by step I’ve been able to reach the podium group and I’ve had a good fight with them. I didn’t want to let the podium go and in the last lap I’ve fought with Odendaal to get it. I’m very happy with the result and I hope that in Montmeló we can do a better qualifying and start better from the beginning”.