Augusto aiming to fight up near the front from 9th on the Jerez grid

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The Jerez-Angel Nieto Circuit held qualifying for the Spanish Grand Prix on Saturday, amidst high temperatures at the Andalusian track. In the last Free Practice session, the Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 riders both made it directly into Q2. There, Augusto Fernandez qualified ninth, and he will start tomorrow’s race from the third row.

After a positive opening day, the Red Bull KTM Ajo riders improved their times further in FP3 on Saturday morning. Acosta made the biggest leap forward and, after stopping the clock at 1:41.673, finished in fifth position, just 0.117 off the top spot. Augusto was 12th with a personal best of 1:41.869, on his 10th lap of 19.

The Red Bull KTM Ajo pair both made the cut for Q2. In that session, Augusto was not able to carry over his good feeling from Free Practice, and tomorrow he will start from ninth position, his best time a 1:41.901 after completing eight laps.

The 23-lap Moto2 Spanish Grand Prix race takes place at 12:20 PM local time on Sunday.

“It’s been a tough day, but I’m confident for tomorrow’s race. Our strategy didn’t work out in qualifying, as we tried to set our lap with the front soft tyre thinking it could give us something extra, since last year it helped us. We’re calm ahead of the contest because we’ve had a good pace over the weekend. Tomorrow we’ll try to make a good start and fight to be in the front group.”