Augusto takes first podium of 2021 in #DutchGP thriller
Both Augusto Fernandez and teammate Sam Lowes starred in a brilliant fight at the front at the TT Circuit Assen with Augusto taking his first podium in Elf Marc VDS Racing Team colours while Lowes finished a strong fourth.
Despite the threat of rain across the weekend, the 24-lap Moto2 race at the TT Circuit Assen took place in fully dry conditions with ambient temperatures of 23 degrees.
It was a sterling performance by Augusto Fernandez – challenging for the victory along with Lowes, Remy Gardner and Raul Fernandez throughout an exciting four-rider battle.
After qualifying eighth, Augusto started brilliantly, climbing three positions in the first two laps. By lap five, he was leading a Moto2 race for the first time this year.
While the 23-year old had no answer for Raul Fernanedz in the closing laps, he posted his personal best lap of the race on the penultimate lap to finish a well-deserved third.
Augusto’s first podium finish since September, 2019 (Misano GP) lifts him four places to eighth in the world championship, with 50 points to his name.
“Very happy! It was a very good race. It was a good comeback starting from the third row. I quickly recovered positions. I was leading early on and was really consistent with my lap times. We didn’t have the perfect gearing and I made some mistakes. I hit a neutral in turn five, which cost me a lot of time, maybe not the race, but for sure some distance there. Anyway, finishing the first part of the season with a podium is great. We were so strong all weekend and also in the last races. We’ve been coming and today it paid off a little bit! Now we’ll focus on the second half of the season, to be consistent and go for the win because that’s why we’re here. Happy with the podium and we’ll keep working!”