Augusto battles windy conditions in Qatar testing
A strong wind dominated the second day of Moto2 testing for Elf Marc VDS Racing Team riders Augusto Fernandez and Sam Lowes in Qatar today.
Conditions didn’t impact on lap times and Lowes and Fernandez focused on improving their race pace rather than pursuing a fast lap.
A 10-lap stint in the second session left Augusto narrowly outside of the top 10 in 12th position with a best time of 2’01.402.
The Spanish rider was comfortably lapping consistently inside the top 10 again in the final outing of the day and he was able to improve his time by 0.5s compared to last night.
A flurry of late time attack runs pushed Fernandez back into 12th place for the second session in a row, but the 23-year-old was satisfied with the work he completed assessing his pace on worn tyres with a full fuel tank.
“Today was positive for me again. It was quite windy at times, which made it difficult to push and draw any accurate conclusions. In that situation it is easy to get confused with the setting but in the final session we concentrated more on the front again. I’m still missing the ideal feeling I’d like, but I feel we’ve made some good progress in that area.”