Augusto running second on strong opening day in Barcelona
The Elf Marc VDS Racing Team’s 200th Grand Prix could not have got off to a better start when Augusto Fernandez led teammate Sam Lowes for a dream 1-2 at the end of an FP1 session run under cloudy skies but with temperatures still hitting a warm 25 degrees.
Track temperature increased by 15 degrees for FP2 but Fernandez and Lowes were still able to set competitive lap times to comfortably book provisional places in tomorrow’s Q2.
Augusto used the knowledge and data gathered during a recent private test at the Circuit de Barcelona Catalunya to lead FP1 with a stunning lap of 1:43.703 that put him clear of the chasing pack by the big margin of 0.150s.
The 23-year-old crashed uninjured at turn 12 shortly before the halfway stage of FP2 but he was still able to complete a positive first day in second position on the combined standings.
“I immediately felt very good on the bike this morning after the test we did here before Mugello. I felt good at the test, and I know I can do well this weekend and I quickly found a good feeling in FP1, and it was a good boost to be fastest. It was nice to already have a base set-up to work with and that allowed me to try a few things with my riding style. I had a small crash in FP2 that was completely my fault but nothing to worry about because I wasn’t even pushing. We struggled a little more in the afternoon with the extra temperature and we have to pay attention to this because it could be similar conditions on Sunday.”