Augusto shows great Assen race pace in #DutchGP qualifying
With forecast rain not materialising at any stage, Lowes and Fernandez took full advantage of the unexpected dry and warm conditions to qualify third and eighth respectively in front of a crowd of nearly 10,000 fans attending one of MotoGP’s most famous venues.
The final race before a long five-week summer break takes place over 24-laps tomorrow and is scheduled to get underway at 1220pm local time.
The impressive lap of 1’36.744 that put Augusto Fernandez on top of the timesheets in FP1 yesterday was still the third fastest time on the combined Free Practice standings and easily put the Spaniard into Q2.
The 23-year-old was incredibly unfortunate in Q2 after a stunning final lap placed him on the front row, but he was dropped back to eighth position following a yellow flag infringement.
“It’s a big shame not to be starting from the front row because I put together a very good last lap, but it seems there were yellow flags waving and we have to accept the lap being cancelled. After such a good weekend, it would have been very positive to be starting from the front row tomorrow. It’s not the end of the world because my second best lap was still good enough for the third row and we have shown all weekend we have the pace to be fighting at the front. I used the same rear tyre for the whole of Q2, so my pace at the end was very strong because we could see those who used two tyres found a little bit more time. Our strategy was to do Q2 with the same soft rear tyre to understand the drop in performance and I think we collected some very useful data. I’m happy with my feeling on the bike and it is not a big problem to be starting from the third row. I am sure we can make a good race tomorrow.”