Hard but ultimately positive opening day’s work at Mugello for Augusto
Augusto Fernandez was firmly in the hunt for the top six again in Elf Marc VDS Racing Team great start to this weekend’s Italian Grand Prix at Mugello.
Gloriously sunny weather in the rolling hills of Tuscany meant conditions were perfect as the Moto2 World Championship made a welcome return to the spectacular Mugello track for the first time since 2019.
A successful one-day test in Barcelona was the ideal pre-race boost for Augusto coming to Italy and his confidence shone through when a late lap of 1’52.351 slotted him into sixth position this morning.
Fernandez decided not to complete a time attack in FP2, but he was still able to lap consistently on used tyres in the mid-1:52 bracket and at the close of play he was less than 0.4s from returning to the top six on the combined classification.
“It was a hard day, but I was expecting it because I was trying to recover the feelings of this track. I made a very good FP1, and I was happy to be in P6. Our strategy for the afternoon was to focus on used tyres so we can have two soft rear tyres for Q2. I tried to find a good pace and to understand the track better by riding alone and while we missed a fast lap at the end we didn’t even try a time attack. Hopefully tomorrow we will be able to take a big advantage from the new tyre and improve a lot.”