Augusto lines up eighth on the grid at Brno
Augusto Fernández is ready to fight with the front pack tomorrow at Brno after his increased front-end confidence helped him claim his first qualifying top 10 for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.
Augusto got an early boost in FP3 this morning when he was able to set a fast and consistent rhythm while working with a full fuel tank and worn tyres to assess his pace in full race trim.
His first mission of the day was accomplished when he went into time attack mode in the closing stages of FP3 to move into Q2 with the eighth fastest time.
Riding together with teammate Lowes in Q2 to help each other’s rhythm, Augusto was able to mount a strong challenge for the top six in the crucial 15-minute session.
He posted a best lap of 2:02.365 on his fourth of seven laps completed and will start from the middle of the third row of the grid for round four of the 2020 World Championship.
“I’m really happy with my performance throughout today, but especially in qualifying. We have improved a lot since the last race and I didn’t make a perfect lap in Q2, otherwise I think our grid position would be even better. I closed the front a couple of times while pushing really hard but I’m happy with the third row. I’m confident I have a good pace for the race and if we can make another step in the Warm-up, I think we can enjoy a very strong race.”