Rain affects work for Augusto on opening day of Portuguese GP
Due to heavy rain and wind that hit the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve today, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders had their track time reduced on the opening day of the Portuguese Grand Prix. Both did not go out on track in the first Free Practice session, avoiding taking unnecessary risks due to the tricky track conditions. In the afternoon, in the rain, Augusto Fernandez achieved the sixth best lap on the combined timesheets.
Due to the heavy rain that fell during Moto2 FP1, Augusto and teammate Acosta, together with their respective crews, made the decision not to go out on track. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo remained in the box for forty minutes waiting for conditions to improve, but with the track flooded with water, both preferred not to take the risk of a crash.
In the afternoon, further heavy rain at the start of Moto2 FP2 left the track in a very delicate state. Fernandez finished a difficult session in sixth position with a time of 2:01.457, despite suffering a crash in the final moments at Turn 13. The Spaniard completed 14 laps
Saturday morning sees a final Free Practice session of the weekend, which is also expected to be wet. Moto2 Q1 will start at 3:10 PM local time, followed by Q2 at 3:35 PM.
#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ
“It was a strange day due to track conditions, but we were able to ride in the afternoon. We were lucky that it didn’t rain so much while we were on track. Even so, the asphalt was very wet, and with such an uneven surface it left puddles. We had to be careful because of the aquaplaning. Despite the crash in FP2, I’m happy with our work, since at least we ended Friday having done a few laps. We are ready for tomorrow and hopefully things will be better.”