Augusto makes constant progress in Qatar
Augusto Fernández has completed a productive second day of testing in Qatari territory at the Losail International Circuit today. He found the ideal base setting to set a strong and consistent pace that left the Spanish rider with a positive feeling heading into the final day of pre-season.
Sunny conditions and high temperatures once again greeted the Moto2 and Moto3 riders throughout the second day of testing at the Losail International Circuit.
Augusto completed a total of 53 laps and set a personal best time of 1’59.837 on his final lap of an encouraging day.
During the morning session, the team’s main area of work was concentrated on evaluating different rear suspension options. In the afternoon, the focus switched to front-end set-up with important work conducted on different fork settings.
Riding with used tyres and a full fuel tank to understand the behaviour and performance of the Kalex package in race conditions, Fernandez set a consistent and competitive pace in the high 1’59 and 2’00 low bracket. The number 37 and his team have managed to find a base setting and balance with the bike that has helped him achieve continual improvement with feeling on the Kalex chassis.
“I am happy because we have taken a very important step in terms of race pace. We were able to improve our pace with every start and keep it working with a lot of laps on the tyres. I am getting more and more comfortable with the bike and that is very positive, but I still need to complete that fast lap. When we put on a new tyre the times don’t come as easy as they should. Although I am not completely satisfied in this aspect, I am not worried either. We are working hard and we are on the right track. We still have a day to push in that direction and I am convinced we will find the key to improve in that area.”