Augusto starts his Jerez weekend strongly with second place in Friday practices
The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit hosted the opening day of the Spanish Grand Prix, the sixth round of the 2022 Moto2 World Championship. The Red Bull KTM Ajo team contested the first two practice sessions of the weekend, and lowered their times from morning to afternoon. Augusto Fernandez was very competitive and finished second on the combined timesheets.
The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders had to deal with delicate track conditions in FP1, due to Thursday’s overnight rain and low temperatures. Nevertheless, Augusto had a good feeling, and progressively upped his speed as one of the pacesetters. After putting in 18 laps, he finished FP1 in third position with a time of 1:42.245, set on his 13th attempt.
Temperatures increased in the afternoon, leaving the track dry for the start of FP2. The Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 duo were competitive in these new conditions, and both took a step forward by lowering their times from the morning. Augusto enjoyed a good session, in which he led the way at the start and ended up with the second best time of 1:41.898. In total, he completed 17 laps.
The second day of the Spanish Grand Prix will begin with the third and final Free Practice. Moto2 Q1 will start at 3:10 PM local time, followed by Q2 at 3:35 PM.
#37 AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ
“I’m happy with the first day of work here at Jerez. Overall, it has been a very positive day. In the afternoon we concentrated on our race pace and we took a step forward, since in the morning we found it a little more difficult because the track conditions were different and trickier. In FP2, I felt good on the bike and we were also towards the top of the timesheets. We’re going in the right direction and tomorrow we’ll try to take another step forward.”