Augusto takes fourth place in Austin
Augusto Fernandez fought through the field for a fine fourth on his first visit to the Circuit of the Americas this weekend.
The Moto2 field faced arguably the toughest conditions of the season at the complex 5.51km Circuit of the Americas outside Austin, Texas, due the bumpy nature of the track surface.
Despite never competing at the Circuit of the Americas before this weekend, Augusto was a model of consistency throughout, placing inside the top six positions in every session, including sixth in qualifying.
Augusto dropped a place on the first lap, but then established his rhythm, picking up positions. By lap eleven, he passed Cameron Beaubier for fourth and finished just 4s behind race winner Raul Fernandez.
Augusto’s tenth top six finish of 2021 pushes him up a place in the World Championship, from sixth to fifth, with 131 points.
“Very happy about today. It was a really hard race. I didn’t make a bad start but I was struggling with the full fuel tank and in the braking zones. People were passing me and I couldn’t defend my position. I had to find my pace and once I did, I started to recover positions. Basically, I felt perfect after some laps. I was pushing until the end to catch (Marco) Bezzecchi but it wasn’t enough. I think we lost too much time at the beginning. Anyway, I’m super happy to come to a new, difficult track like this one. Going home with a P4 means very good points for the championship. Let’s keep going like this.”