Positive opening day in Texas for Augusto
The Americas Grand Prix began well for Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2, with good showings in the first two Free Practices of the weekend. Augusto Fernandez led the first session of the day and, in the afternoon, improved his times to conclude sixth on the combined timesheets.
In a change to the regular schedule, the intermediate class opened the day’s action, with an FP1 held in dry conditions and with the sun shining. Augusto started Friday in top form, as the fastest rider in the session with a 2:10.489, which he set on his 11th out of 12 laps. The Spaniard achieved this result despite suffering a small crash at Turn 16, with two minutes to go before the chequered flag fell.
In the afternoon, the two Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders took a step forward, and both lowered their times from the morning. Augusto continued with a good feeling, achieving the sixth fastest time of the session. His 2:09.362 was just 0.2 tenths off the top spot. The Spaniard completed 14 laps of COTA, the same as his teammate, Acosta.
#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ
“I’m happy with how the day went. The morning session went well, despite the small crash we suffered when we were pushing. In the afternoon, we did a good job and I am satisfied with it. Perhaps we lacked a little something in the second practice, but we have to bear in mind that the times today were very tight. Our tasks for tomorrow are to ride more smoothly and calmly, so that we can take a step forward in terms of our pace and consistency. We will work as hard as possible with the team to take a step forward in these aspects, and be able to get a great spot on the grid.”