Augusto takes superb podium finish at Aragon
Augusto Fernandez gained eleven places in the Aragon GP today to take his fourth podium of the season.
The undulating 17-turn Motorland Aragon circuit was the scene of the 13th round of the 2021 Moto2 season, with riders racing in scorching track temperatures of 41 degrees.
He may have qualified twelfth, but Augusto’s FP3 pace and fastest time in warm-up showed he was one of the quickest riders on the grid. Still, a difficult start meant he sat 14th at the close of lap one.
But by lap seven he had started making progress and was running the same pace as Raul Fernandez and Sam Lowes, the leaders at that time. He caught Jorge Navarro for third on lap 13, and after a feisty fight, he decisively took third at turn 15, three laps from the end.
Thanks to his fourth third place of 2021, Augusto gains a place in the championship and now sits fifth with 108 points – and Elf Marc VDS Racing Team climb one place, back to second, in the Team’s Championship with 235 points to their name.
“I’m very happy with this podium. I think it’s the best one of the season! It was a really hard race and I really enjoyed that one, overtaking so many riders and having some nice battles. I managed the rear grip well. The front grip was hard to manage because of the high temperatures but once I found my pace I just focussed on the riders in front, taking them one by one. It was a good race, a tough race, and some very good points for the championship. It’s another podium and we’ll keep going!”