Augusto closes 2020 with eighth at the #PortugueseGP
Augusto Fernández had reason to be proud after scoring eighth place at the beautiful Algarve International Circuit today. It has been a solid campaign for the rider from the Balearic Islands after he scored six finishes in the top eight, and a best finish of fourth.
The excellent work completed by 23-year old Fernández and his crew showed in the first half of the race, when he started well from eighth on the grid. He moved into third, behind team-mate Lowes, on lap nine.
The two-time Moto2 race winner then started to suffer from deteriorating rear grip and he lost some places in the close fight for fourth. He crossed the finish line eighth, 9 seconds behind the race winner.
As a result of the eight points scored today, Augusto climbs to 13th in the final Moto2 standings with 71 points to his name.
“It was a good race. I enjoyed this one until the last laps. I was struggling from the beginning in the last sectors. I was losing a lot in the last two corners and then on the straight. With new tyres before the drop I was faster on the rest of the track. I was feeling great, passing people. When the rear tyre dropped and also the front, I was losing even more in the last two corners. I couldn’t fight back against any rider. The last laps were a bit frustrating because everyone was passing me on the exit of the last corner. Anyway, I want to say congrats to Sam and the team for third in the championship. It’s been a good year for them. It wasn’t the best for us. We haven’t been winning but we’ve been there. It’s going to be a good winter to analyse everything and we’ll be back stronger next year!”