Augusto Fernandez signs off 2021 with brilliant Valencia podium
Augusto Fernandez capped an excellent weekend at the Valencia Grand Prix by taking his sixth podium finish of the year as Sam Lowes rode to a heroic seventh place.
The final Moto2 race of 2021 was red flagged after an incident at turn two and then re-run over a reduced distance of 16 laps.
In perfect, sunny conditions, Elf Marc VDS Racing Team riders Augusto closed a strong season by confirming fifth place in the 2021 Moto2 Riders’ World Championship.
Having placed inside the top three in every session this weekend, Augusto started the race brilliantly and led the field on the first lap.
In an exciting opening exchange, the 24-year old was involved in an exciting race-long fight for victory with Raul Fernandez and Fabio Di Giannantonio. In the end, he finished just 0.7s off the winner.
Augusto’s sixth podium finish of 2021 cements fifth place in the World Championship with 174 points.
“It’s a shame not to get the win in this last race. All weekend I felt strong. But this shorter race we got after the red flag is maybe why we didn’t win because I was so strong in the last ten laps. During practice we saw that with used tyres I was stronger than the others. I was there and so close to the leaders but I didn’t have more. Anyway, I want to thank the team for this year. We did a very good second part of the season. We’ve been so strong and consistent and we have to be happy!”