Augusto fights to fifth in the Czech GP at Brno
The excellent work through the weekend from the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS squad gave Augusto Fernandez greater feel with the front end which helped him to qualify in eighth place.
He passed Marcel Schrotter for seventh on lap three and from there he needed his fighting instincts to challenge the fast quartet of Jorge Martin, Luca Marini and Marco Bezzecchi for fourth place.
The three-time Moto2 race winner overtook Martin on lap nine and Bezzecchi on lap 14 to finish an excellent fifth, his best result of the season. His improvement was clear in his race time: Augusto finished 24 seconds behind the winner at the Andalusian Grand Prix. Today he was just 10 seconds behind.
The eleven points for fifth place see Augusto climb to thirteenth in the World Championship with 17 points to his name.
“It was nice to be fighting at the front again! All weekend I’ve felt good. In the middle of the race I didn’t quite have enough for Bastianini. He rode really smoothly. I made a few mistakes. Well done to him. He’s coming off a great result at Jerez. He’s come here and ridden well. I can still take the positives. In the race I was losing too much time in one corner and it was hard to come back from that. Anyway, I just have to say thank you to the team because in every session the bike improves a lot and, each weekend, I feel comfortable. That’s something I’ve been missing these past few years. Thanks to them and hopefully we can keep this going and take this form to Austria!”