Augusto: “We are gaining confidence and improving the bike”
After a four-month break caused by the global coronavirus outbreak, the 2020 Moto2 World Championship roared back into action at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto today.
Baking hot conditions meant it was a physically and mentally demanding restart for Augusto Fernández and Sam Lowes, who worked to on the base set-up of their Kalex chassis and tyre choice for Sunday’s 23-lap race.
In front of deserted grandstands, with this weekend’s action taking place behind-closed doors, Lowes made a stunning return to competition and was inside the top six in both 40-minute practice sessions.
Augusto experimented with a modified set-up to help with front-end confidence in FP1 this morning to finish only 0.4s away from the top 10.
The Spaniard also evaluated Dunlop’s front tyre options in this morning’s FP1 session and started FP2 confident he could challenge for the top 10 once again.
Fine-tuning the race set-up of his Kalex package was the prime goal for Fernandez in the second session, as well as working on his race pace. He ended the session in 13th position.
Although he finished 20th on the combined standings, Fernandez is confident he can take advantage of cooler conditions tomorrow morning in FP3 to secure a vital top 14 place and move immediately into Q2.
“It was quite a difficult first day. Step-by-step we are gaining confidence and improving the bike, but we are still too far away from the front. We need to analyse everything, but I think we are going in the right direction and this helps me to keep calm. We are going to work hard to make a big step for tomorrow morning’s session.”