DNF in Mugello for Augusto
Sunday’s 21-lap Moto2 contest took place in sunny, warm conditions with track temperatures of 40 degrees. Despite having the speed for strong results, Sam Lowes and Augusto Fernandez unfortunately failed to finish.
Augusto showed he had top six potential by setting the 7th fastest time in morning warm-up and knew a fast start from 13th on the grid was crucial.
But the 23-year old suffered early disappointment as he fell on the first lap at turn 10 when attempting to pass Ai Ogura.
The result means he drops on place to 13th in the world championship with 23 points to his name.
“It was a shame crashing out on the first lap again. I couldn’t avoid the contact with Ogura. I was trying to recover some positions because my start wasn’t the best. I stayed in the same position as I qualified and I knew I could make a good race. I tried to pass him in Turn 10 but he closed the line. To avoid contact with him, I braked more when turning into the corner and I lost the front. Each of the last crashes were different, but they all came at the beginning of the race. A shame, but the good thing is we have another race next week and I have to finish it. I felt good testing at Montmeló so we’re looking forward to the next round. I’m sorry for the team but we will be competitive in Montmeló and for sure we will do a good race there.”