Augusto suffers unfortunate late crash in #CatalanGP
The ninth round of the 2020 Moto2 season at the Circuit of Barcelona provided riders with a unique challenge, with the track surface of the 4.6km track offering very little grip. Tyre management played a part in deciding the 22-lap race.
It was a dramatic start to the day for Augusto, who had to dismount his bike in warm-up due to a technical problem with the sealing of his fuel system. Thanks to the hard work of his Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS mechanics, he started the race with a perfect machine.
The recently turned 23-year old enjoyed a great start to the race and gained three places on lap one. By lap 15 he had made real progress and was sitting in sixth while having a good fight with Enea Bastianini.
Engaged in a four-rider fight for fourth place, Augusto’s race came to an unfortunate end on the penultimate lap when he lost the front of his machine at turn seven.
The fall sees Fernández drop to 16th in the World Championship with 36 points, the same number as Fabio Di Giannantonio in 15th.
“It’s a shame to finish the race like this. I enjoyed this race a lot. I did a good start from twelfth. I didn’t feel good in the first laps but I found my pace and was recovering positions, riding fast and with a good pace. I was faster than what I was expecting. At the end of the race I was a bit on the limit. I wanted to win the fight with Bastianini and we were catching Roberts in fifth. I felt stronger than them and I wanted to beat them. I pushed a bit hard in the braking zone at turn seven and just closed the front. It was a tricky Sunday for us with the fire on the bike in warm up and then a crash in the race. Overall, I think I did my best, I gave my 100 percent. We were fighting for the top five so this a good step. Good times will arrive, I’m sure of it. We just need to keep pushing.”