Augusto closes strong #CatalanGP weekend with fifth place finish
It was a momentous day for Elf Marc VDS Racing Team with the squad celebrating its 200th Grand Prix since its inception in 2010. Both Augusto Fernandez and teammate Sam Lowes responded to the occasion by scoring solid points for their world championship challenges and finishing inside the top seven.
Starting at 14.30 local time, the Moto2 field had to deal with the hottest conditions of the day with track temperatures of 44 degrees greeting them for the 22-lap race.
After securing his best qualifying of the year (4th) on Saturday, expectations were high for Augusto after he topped morning warm-up. He started well, but dropped to seventh on lap four.
But the 23-year old then showed excellent consistency as he tried to catch the top five. He was rewarded for his efforts when he caught and passed Bo Bendsneyder for fifth on lap 21.
Thanks to the eleven points scored for fifth, Augusto climbs a place in the World Championship to sit twelfth with 34 points.
“I’m happy to finish the race with a positive result. Maybe the result is not what we expected after such a strong weekend but I have to be satisfied. I wanted to be stronger but it was clear in the race situation I was missing some confidence after three DNFs in a row and I even felt that on the grid. It was a very hard race for me mentally because I knew the importance of finishing. My focus was just to ride as fast as I could without making any mistakes and that’s exactly what I did. I needed this result and so did the team, but most importantly I recovered a lot of confidence that will help me going to Germany.”