Great start in Misano for Augusto Fernandez
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS began preparations for round seven of the 2020 Moto2 World Championship in stunning style, with Sam Lowes and Augusto Fernandez finishing inside the top three in gloriously sunny conditions in Misano.
Lowes and Fernandez got their first opportunity to evaluate grip levels on the newly resurfaced Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli track today, with both giving positive first impressions of the updated asphalt at the end of two productive 40-minute practice sessions on Italy’s Adriatic Coast.
Conditions were ideal for Lowes and Fernandez to get in vital set-up time on the new tarmac, with ambient temperature nudging 30 degrees in both sessions, as both launched a strong challenge inside the top three this afternoon at the 4.22km track.
Augusto – the 2019 Misano Moto2 winner – bounced back superbly from an early first corner spill in FP1 to end the opening session less than 0.5s outside of the top three in ninth position.
Eager to make up for lost time and focus on the setting of his Kalex chassis this afternoon, the Spaniard was immediately a leading challenger for top spot and a lap of 1:37.287 put him at the time of the timesheets with just under 14 minutes completed.
Fernandez was able to make constant progress throughout the remainder of the session and his best time of 1:37.048 came on his 18th of 21 laps completed.
His best time was almost a second faster than his pace set this morning and placed him just 0.056s behind teammate Lowes on an excellent start to the weekend for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.
“Apart from the crash this morning I am happy with this first day in Misano. We stuck to the initial plan and after the crash I made a lot of laps with the same tyres trying to recover the good feeling I had at the beginning. This afternoon I felt much better with the bike after we studied a lot of data following FP1 and to be in the top three is a good feeling. We can improve but I feel strong and confident and I’m very optimistic that we can be strong again tomorrow.”