Augusto sixth on the grid in Styria
Augusto Fernandez and teammate Sam Lowes will start tomorrow’s Grand Prix of Styria from sixth and seventh respectively after a positive qualifying day at the Spielberg track in Austria.
Fernandez and Lowes finished just outside the top three in FP3 before battling a powerful wind in Q2 this afternoon on their way to securing places on the second and third row of the grid for the 25-lap race.
Confident they have podium potential in a dry race, conditions could change dramatically on race day with a strong possibility of heavy rain falling when round 10 is scheduled to commence at 1220pm local time.
FP3 this morning took place in gloriously sunny conditions and Augusto was the first rider of the weekend to break under the 1’29 barrier, with a super-fast lap of 1’28.908 putting him top of the chasing pack before he eventually finished fourth quickest.
Augusto fired in an impressive lap of 1’29.005 in Q2, despite an increase in track temperature to 32 degrees and a stronger wind, and the Spaniard was less than 0.2s away from clinching his first front row start of 2021.
“I’ve got to be happy with the second row, even if we might have expected a bit more going into Q2. I struggled a little bit at the start, but I felt good and was still able to be fast even when the initial grip from the new rear tyre was dropping off. I had to slow for a yellow flag on my penultimate lap when I was improving and then I came across a slower rider on my last lap and that cost me time. I feel good with the bike, and I don’t think this sixth place shows our full potential. Second row is always the target for qualifying and we managed that, but now we must wait and see what happens with the weather. It looks like it will be totally different tomorrow and wet and that means we’ll start from zero.