Sixth place for Augusto in the San Marino GP
The Moto2 field was handed a challenge at the 14th round of the 2021 season, as rain in both of Friday’s sessions meant riders had just two full sessions – FP3 on Saturday and warm-up on Sunday – to work on dry settings ahead of the 25-lap race.
23-year old Augusto Fernandez had hopes of challenging for victory after qualifying third – his first front row start since the Japanese Grand Prix in 2019 – and then topping morning warm-up. But a tough first lap saw him drop four places to seventh.
Some issues with rear grip meant Augusto couldn’t run with the leading quartet, and instead contested fifth place with three other riders. A nice pass on Xavi Vierge on the 20th lap was enough for sixth.
Augusto’s ninth top 6 finish of the year places him sixth in the championship with 118 points, one behind Aron Canet in fifth.
“Today I didn’t feel good and lacked the rear grip. We think we had some problems with the rear tyre. But we managed to save some good points and we still finished in the top six and minimized the damage for our fight in the championship. Let’s keep going. It was a good weekend, one of the best of the season. We are still in good form so let’s go again in Austin. It will be hard because it’s a new track for me but we will try to make a good result there.”