Augusto fights hard for eighth in the #AustrianGP
The 25-lap Moto2 race at the Red Bull Ring today was red flagged on lap four after a terrifying incident which included Enea Bastianini, Hafizh Syahrin, Edgar Pons and Andi Farid Izdihar.
After a lengthy delay to attend to the riders and clean up the track, the Moto2 grid was reformed based on the order at the end of lap three of the original race. The restart was held over a reduced distance of 13 laps.
Augusto Fernández used the warm-up session to try a new chassis and rear suspension setting to improve the balance of the bike and immediately felt very comfortable. He set the seventh fastest time.
After recovering two places in the first race, Augusto lined up in tenth on the grid for the restart. Having worked on a perfect set-up for the race all weekend, the rider from the Balearic Islands couldn’t run his normal pace as he fought for seventh place.
In the end, Fernández couldn’t overtake Thomas Luthi on the final lap and finished eighth, 9.5 seconds behind the race winner.
Overall, it has been another positive weekend for Augusto. The eight points gained see Fernández remain in 13th place in the World Championship with 25 points to his name.
“It was a crazy race! It was a short race and everyone was pushing like it was the last lap. I’m not happy. We had good pace all weekend and could have had a really good race. But in the end, it wasn’t about pace. It was about fighting every lap and my good pace was for nothing. I didn’t manage to fight in a good way. I didn’t manage to win the battle in my group but anyway we have another race here next weekend. We’ll keep working as we have been doing and hopefully it will be a longer race weekend in which we can take advantage of our pace.”