Augusto takes superb podium in the #StyrianGP
After heavy early morning rain, the 4.3-km Red Bull Ring track had dried substantially before the Moto2 race got underway at 12.20pm local time, meaning all riders started the 25 laps on slick tyres.
Wet patches remained, however, meaning Augusto Fernandez and Sam Lowes had to take care in the early laps. Fernandez’s excellent comeback to secure third means one of the two Elf Marc VDS Racing Team riders have been on the podium at five of this year’s ten races so far.
Having qualified sixth, Augusto was left to rue the early laps of this race. He slipped to eighth on lap one and then mounted a stirring comeback toward the front.
By the 14th lap the 23-year-old was running the same pace as the leading quartet, albeit 2.2s behind. But Augusto got the result his efforts deserved when mistakes from two riders ahead saw him gain two positions in the later laps to finish third.
His second podium of the year means Augusto stays in eighth place in the world championship standings with 66 points, just ten points back of Fabio Di Giannantonio in fifth.
“I’m happy to start the second part of the season where we finished the first! The conditions were tough at the start. I had to be careful and I lost a bit of time overtaking some riders. That’s why I lost the first group. Once I found my pace I kept pushing and kept the concentration. It was hard because the front group was lapping at the same pace as me. When they made a mistake, I was catching a bit. But maybe I made a little mistake and lost some time. I thought I would finish fifth, honestly. I wasn’t so happy with that because during the weekend in the dry we showed pace to fight even for the win. But in the end, you have to be there and keep pushing. The first mistake from Gardner came. Then Ogura had the Long Lap. I said thank you! But it wasn’t done because Gardner was behind me. I improved my lap time at the end. I’m very happy with the podium and I’m looking to keep the same level next week.”