Augusto twelfth on day one at the #AlcanizGP

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Evaluating a new soft compound Dunlop rear tyre was one of the main priorities for both Marc VDS riders today and the Belgian-Hispanic squad made a dream start when Augusto Fernandez led Sam Lowes in a 1-2 at the end of an FP1 run in a pleasant ambient temperature of 20 degrees.

Fernandez made a blistering start in FP1 and a rapid lap of 1:52.623 propelled the Spaniard to the top of a practice leader board for the first time in 2020 while he assessed the endurance capability of Dunlop’s latest spec soft rear tyre.

The 23-year-old worked on his race pace with the soft rear tyre again this afternoon and his excellent work and pace in the opening session meant he finished 12th on the combined standings to comfortably book a provisional place in tomorrow’s vital Q2 session.

Augusto Fernández

“This morning we worked immediately with the new soft rear tyre from Dunlop to understand its potential. I wasn’t particularly happy with the lap time because I don’t feel I took maximum advantage of the grip available. I continued to work the new tyre in FP2 to check its performance as an option for the race, but it wasn’t easy to find a rhythm with the red flags. I did a 52.9 with full race distance on the tyres and that’s not too bad and I think we can use it on Sunday. I felt with a new soft tyre I could have improved a lot compared to this morning, but we have to save some for the rest of the weekend. I don’t think my position in both sessions truly reflects where we are. I’m not fastest like this morning, but I feel I’m more competitive than the 12th position we ended the day in overall.”