Superb second for Augusto in the #EmiliaRomagnaGP
After a dramatic race, Augusto Fernandez produced a stunning comeback to clinch second place on the exit of the final corner.
After a weekend of rain and cold conditions, blue skies and warm temperatures of 20 degrees greeted the riders at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli for the 16th round of 2021.
Augusto’s third place in qualifying was undermined by a Long Lap Penalty, which he served on the second lap. That dropped the 23-year old from 4th to 14th.
But from there he produced a stunning comeback through the field, posting a succession of fastest laps with the fastest of the race coming on lap 20.
Augusto carved his way through to 3rd place by the final lap, and then made a fantastic overtake on Aron Canet out of the final corner to take 2nd, his best result since September, 2019.
His fifth podium of the season consolidates his fifth place in the championship with 151 points.
“It was really fun! I enjoyed that one but it was difficult. Since I found out I had a penalty I always believed it was possible to do something like that! Of all the races for that to be possible it was this one, because I felt good all weekend in all kinds of conditions. I did the Long Lap Penalty at the beginning. I had the mentality that I was starting from 14th or 15th, like I did in Aragon. I just focussed on my riding and my pace and then started overtaking riders one-by-one. At the end I lost a bit of time with (Celestino) Vietti and spent three or four laps behind him, otherwise I could have maybe fought in the last laps at the front with Sam and Aron. Anyway, being on the podium after the penalty is amazing. I’m very, very happy!”