Tangle with another rider results in unfortunate DNF in the #GermanGP for Augusto
The 28-lap race was held in ambient temperatures of 28 degrees and was a true test of tyre management with front tyre wear critical around the tricky 3.7km Sachsenring track.
Elf Marc VDS Racing Team’s Sam Lowes and Augusto Fernandez faced some adversity over the weekend. Augusto reacted well to a tough qualifying in the first seven laps, even though he was unable to finish the race.
The rider from the Balearic Islands confirmed his good pace in morning warm-up, a session in which he finished fourth. He therefore knew a fast start from 14th on the grid was crucial.
But the 23-year old had a complicated start, and dropped to 17th at the end of lap one. Augusto then recovered well, gaining nine positions to sot eighth on lap seven but a turn 12 collision with Jake Dixon caused him to crash out.
The unfortunate non-score means Augusto stays in twelfth in the championship with 34 points.
“It’s a shame. Starting from 14th, the first laps are always difficult coming from those positions. But I was feeling good, and riding so well like in warm-up. I felt the bike was working well. I feel we could have made a really good comeback and fought for the top five or even the podium. Today was not our fault. Dixon took me out. But this is racing and we cannot think too much about it. Apart from qualifying, when we got a bit lost, we came back this morning. With these feelings we go to Assen. We now have a good feeling in every practice so a good result has to arrive. We’ll keep working and pushing to get it.”