Hard fought fourth for Augusto in the #QatarGP
After a long winter break, the Qatar Grand Prix opened the 2022 season at the Lusail International Circuit this Sunday. Augusto Fernandez did a great job in the race, fighting to the end in a quest for a podium. The Spaniard was fourth at the chequered flag, despite a collision with another rider on the last corner of the final lap when running third.
Augusto made a strong start, going from sixth position on the grid to second on the opening corner. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider caught up with the first group that tried to prevent the leader from pulling away but was left to battle amongst themselves. The pack split at the midway point and the Spaniard started an intense fight with three riders for the final podium spot, moving up to third late on. However, contact with another competitor required a phenomenal save from Augusto, who avoided a crash but dropped down to fourth.
Augusto leaves Qatar in sixth place in overall standings with 13 points. The Red Bull KTM Ajo duo will be back in action in two weeks, for the Indonesian Grand Prix on March 18-20th.
#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ
“We end the weekend with a bittersweet taste in our mouths. However, we must be happy to have finished, since, after the setback on the last lap, it could have been worse. Besides this, I’m satisfied with how I felt on the bike. During the weekend we showed that we had the pace to be up at the front, although we gave our all to win the battle in the chasing group. Finally, the podium got away from us due to that incident, but we were lucky enough to be able to cross the finish line. We leave Qatar with 13 points, the season has just started and at the next round we will aim for more. I want to thank the team for all the work they have done during the weekend. We have shown that we are very competitive and strong, and this is what we take with us to Indonesia – where we will try again.”