Ninth place on the #AragonGP grid for Augusto
Gloriously sunny and wind free weather enabled Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS to create history ahead of the 21-lap Motorland Aragon Moto2 clash after cold temperatures dominated day one.
Today’s action commenced an hour later than scheduled to avoid the coolest temperatures of the day and by the time Fernandez ventured out on track shortly before midday, temperatures had reached 14 degrees, which was only two degrees cooler than yesterday’s hottest conditions.
Fernandez passed a tough test of his pain threshold this morning when he brushed off the constant discomfort of arm pump to improve by the huge margin of almost 1.3s compared to yesterday.
After finishing only 20th yesterday in cold and windy conditions, Fernandez rocketed up the rankings by 16 places to ease into Q2 with a best practice pace of 1’52.672.
Ambient temperature was a weekend high of 20 degrees when Q2 commenced and Fernandez set his best lap of the weekend on his third lap and his 1’52.348 means he will start from the third row of the grid.
“I’m satisfied with how today has gone because we recovered my good feeling after a difficult first day. We set-up the bike in a different way to try and help with the arm pump problems I’m experiencing and unfortunately the changes didn’t work as well as we anticipated. This morning I was able to get a positive feeling back and it was really good to go into Q2 because it meant I could rest the arm and do less laps. I’m happy with my lap time because with that pace last year I’d have been on the front row. But the level is so high this year I’m only on the third row. The important thing is I’ve recovered a good feeling with the bike and I’m confident we can make a good race tomorrow. Sam is looking very strong and the other guys on the front row also seem to be a step ahead of the rest. But anything is possible and the times are close, so I’m looking forward to a strong fight. We need to see how the arm will be over the race distance but I’m sure a good race is possible.”