Struggling with injury, Augusto takes 15th in #ValenciaGP
Both Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders had to grit their teeth for the 14th round of 2020. Sam Lowes rode the 25-lap race with an injured right wrist after Saturday’s violent crash in FP3 and Augusto Fernández with a fractured big toe in his left foot from last weekend.
Augusto used morning warm-up to work on set-up but the direction he took for the left him struggling to match his fastest pace from the weekend.
He gained two places on the first lap to climb from 21st to 19th, but he could not climb as many positions as he had planned. Despite struggling in the race, he scored one point for 15th.
The result sees Fernández slip to 16th in the World Championship with 63 points to his name. With a good result in Portugal, Augusto could still reach the overall top ten.
“It was a difficult race. It was a long race. I didn’t feel good on the bike in the whole race, I was struggling a lot. It was difficult to make my pace. I was riding slower and we have to try and understand why. In warm-up we showed we weren’t going to win, but our potential wasn’t this. In the end it looks like we took a step back in the race in terms of feeling and set-up. These are hard times. But we’ll keep trying. Even with this bad feeling, I pushed every lap, like I was fighting for the win. If we keep fighting, it will arrive. Portimao is a new track and a good opportunity to turn this around.”