Thirteenth spot on the Mugello grid for Augusto
The crucial 15-minute Q2 session provided Marc VDS riders Augusto Fernandez and Sam Lowes with a stern test of skill and bravery, with light rain spots falling throughout around the fast and flowing 5.2km Tuscany track.
Both have shown strong race pace during the entire weekend and confidence is high that both will be leading contenders in tomorrow’s 21-lap race, which is scheduled to get underway at 1220pm local time.
This morning’s third and final Free Practice session got off to a flying start for Augusto and he was immediately 0.7s faster than his day one benchmark to challenge for the top six throughout.
With rain spots disrupting Q2, Fernandez expertly calculated where he could push on Dunlop’s slick tyres, and he finished only 0.5s from the second row with a best time of 1’51.917.
“It was a difficult Q2, and we have to analyse why I was finding it so hard to make a better lap time. We need to make a good step in the Warm-up and find a clearer direction with the set-up and hope we can finish the race with a positive result. If we make the step we need tomorrow morning, I’m sure we can be competitive in what will be a long and demanding race.”