Augusto closes #AlgarveGP weekend with a ninth place finish
In an altered schedule to normal, the 17th race of the 2021 Moto2 World Championship was the final outing of the day, with riders attacking the wonderful Algarve International Circuit in perfect sunny conditions.
Having qualified fifth, Augusto decided to use the soft rear tyre for the race. After a tough start, he dropped to ninth in the early laps at the back of a hectic fight for fourth place.
But the 24-year old soon realised he had made the wrong tyre choice and was struggling for rear grip. Augusto still fought until the end, and managed tyre degradation well to finish ninth, 13s off race winner Remy Gardner.
Augusto’s fighting instincts means he remains fifth in the World Championship with 158 points, 23 behind team-mate Sam Lowes.
“The bike was perfect. We did a really good job in warm-up. We recovered after a bad start to the weekend, which is always really difficult to do here. We were ready to fight for the podium but we just made the wrong tyre choice. Apart from that, we tried to minimize the damage and take as many points as possible. I think we did a good job at the end of the race. The tyre was really worn but I still managed to be fast. I can’t complain about anything else – just the tyre choice. The bike was good again and we were ready for a podium fight. We’ll learn from this and I’m already looking forward to Valencia to finish the season strongly. I think we deserve a good result there.”