Augusto concludes pre-season testing in Qatar
A busy but positive pre-season campaign came to a conclusion for Elf Marc VDS Racing Team riders Augusto Fernandez and Sam Lowes in Qatar this evening.
Augusto concentrated on finding a better setting with the rear of his Kalex chassis today and will return to the Losail International Circuit in just five days for the opening Free Practice session of the 2021 World Championship, which kicks off a scheduled 19-round title battle.
He dedicated much of his time on track today to working on rear set-up tweaks, with the aim of finding more grip on corner exit and stability under acceleration.
Augusto collected plenty of important data to analyse ahead of this weekend’s opening race and in the third and final session he clocked a personal best pace of 1’59.739.
The close nature of the competition coming up in 2021 was highlighted on the final timesheets, with Fernandez finishing 24th but the Spaniard only missed the top 10 by 0.5s.
“It’s been a hard day and a shame to finish the test like this. I wasn’t feeling good on the bike and I also had a crash in turn six, so it was a difficult session. We worked a lot on the rear of the bike to understand more about what we need for the set-up next weekend. We had two positive days and that means I need to quickly forget what happened today. I’m not that far away in terms of the times and with all the positive things we have worked on this weekend I am sure we can show our potential in the race.”