Fantastic fifth for Augusto in Portimao
The Elf Marc VDS Racing Team’s Augusto Fernandez was made to fight for an excellent fifth in the Portuguese Grand Prix as teammate Sam Lowes crashed out at the first corner of the race.
For the first time in 2021, the Moto2 was the final race of the day and got underway at 14h30 local time at Portugal’s fabulous Algarve International Circuit. Track temperatures of 44 degrees – the hottest of the weekend – greeted the riders for the race, which meant grip was lower than before.
After working well with his team through free practice, Augusto started to feel greater confidence with the front end of his machine through Portimao’s numerous fast corners. This showed in qualifying and warm-up when he was sixth fastest.
The 23-year old was then involved in an entertaining 7-rider fight for the lead of the race. Augusto was able to fight and overtake, and eventually finished fifth, just 5.6s behind race winner Raul Fernandez.
“I’m happy with P5 and these good points, even if I expected a little bit more from the race. I felt really good in warm-up. But something changed in the race and I didn’t feel quite as strong. Still, considering the feeling I had, the position is really positive. Also, if you look at my gap to the race winner and compare it to where we were in Qatar, we’ve improved a lot. We are making steps and every time we are closer. Each time we are finishing, we are getting good points and this is really important. Now we have to keep working and I can’t wait for Jerez!”