Augusto sets to work in Qatar
Qatar’s Losail International Circuit hosted the first sessions of the 2021 Moto2 World Championship on Friday with the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team – now in its twelfth season racing in this class – showing potential for a victory challenge on Sunday.
Track conditions and temperatures varied between FP1, which started at 14:45 local time, and FP2, which began under the floodlights at 19:05.
Augusto Fernandez started the weekend brightly, taking the changes from preseason testing with the rear of his bike to finish ninth in FP1 with a time of 2’00.965.
However, an issue with the electronics set-up the 23-year old’s machine restricted his efforts in the evening session. Fernandez is now determined to improve his 2’00.373, which was only good enough for 27th place, on Saturday.
“A difficult day! It was not the best start to the season. We came here from testing with some work to do and we couldn’t do it today because of the problem with the electronics. It’s a shame because we need the time to try some things. We still need to find the base to feel good and fight with those guys at the front. We’re missing something and it’s a shame because we couldn’t try anything in FP2. And FP2 is the real one because they are going to be the same conditions as the race. We’ll keep working. Tomorrow is going to be difficult because the conditions will be difficult in FP2 to improve the lap time so we might be in Q1. We will try anyway. Let’s work to find the solution to do a good race on Sunday.”