Strong start in Jerez for Augusto
Augusto Fernandez placed an excellent ninth as the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team kicked off round four of the 2021 Moto2 World Championship at the Circuito de Jerez-Angel Nieto today.
Today’s action took place under cloudy but dry skies and Augusto and teammate Sam Lowes comfortably claimed provisional places in tomorrow’s all-important Q2 session.
A narrow gap of just 0.987s split the top 21 riders in FP1 and a very positive 17-lap spell meant Augusto ended the opening session less than a tenth away from the top three in seventh position.
He opted to focus on improving rear grip at full lean angle this afternoon, but with track temperatures rising rapidly from 24 to 39 degrees compared to FP1, the 23-year-old secured a place inside the top 10 courtesy of his 1’41.954 set in the morning outing.
“Today has been very positive because this morning I felt good immediately and even on the last run with used tyres I set my fastest time of the whole day. In the afternoon when it was hotter it made it more difficult to make a lap time and also some changes we made didn’t give me the feeling I was hoping for. I tried a new soft front tyre but like in FP1 I didn’t change the rear tyre and I was still able to be very fast at the end. That’s a big positive of the day for me because I was able to be fast and competitive with a lot of laps on the hard rear tyre. It will be interesting to see how much time we can gain with a new soft rear, but I’m satisfied with my pace.”