Augusto “really excited to get the season started” as opening Qatar round awaits
The Elf Marc VDS Racing Team embarks on its 12th season in the ultra-competitive Moto2 World Championship in 2021 with confidence and expectations high for Augusto Fernandez.
Augusto – and teammate Sam Lowes – head into round one this weekend in Doha full of motivation and self-belief after completing a productive seven-day winter testing schedule in Valencia, Jerez and Qatar.
Sunday’s Qatar curtain-raiser is the first of two races to take place under the spectacular Losail International Circuit floodlights before a long sequence of European races gets underway at the Algarve International Circuit in Portugal on April 18.
Three positive tests gave Augusto the perfect opportunity to form an immediate understanding with new crew chief Lucio Nicastro and going into the Spaniard’s third full season in Moto2 he ended the final winter outing close to the top 10 last weekend.
The first time Fernandez competed in Qatar in 2019 he narrowly missed the podium by less than 0.2s after a memorable battle with Marcel Schrotter and Remy Gardner.
The 23-year-old was fighting inside the points again last year but unfortunately crashed out on lap three.
“I’m really looking forward to this weekend and the first race of the season. It has been a busy month with all the testing but now we’re starting racing and I can’t wait. We still have to try a few things on the bike during the weekend because a crash on the final night of the test prevented me from completing my full schedule. But I can’t wait to get back on the bike on Friday and I’m really excited to get the season started.”