Augusto to start Aragon GP from the fourth row

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Elf Marc VDS Racing rider Augusto Fernandez is ready to fight through from the fourth row of the grid tomorrow in the Aragon GP.

A lap of 1’52.665 placed the Spaniard in 12th position in FP3 to move him directly into the 15-minute Q2 session, which took place in hot afternoon temperatures of 27 degrees.

The 23-year-old finished in 12th position again in an incredibly close Q2 session, with his weekend best time of 1’52.494 putting him down on the fourth row of the grid but only 0.4s away from the top six.

Augusto Fernandez
“This wasn’t the result in qualifying we were expecting at all and I’m disappointed. We did a race simulation in FP3 to understand the durability of the soft rear tyre option and we did a very good job, and I had a very good pace. In race conditions the bike still has some room for improvement and I just didn’t have a good feeling to make one fast lap in Q2. We lost some performance, and the lap is so long here that if you miss a little it counts for a lot at the end. It is going to be a difficult race from the fourth row, but I believe we have the pace to fight for the win. The problem is the grid position, but I will try to recover places as quickly as I can and then fight to get myself into contention at the front.”