Augusto Fernández – Biography
Born in Madrid, although he has lived in Mallorca since his childhood, Augusto Fernandez started his sport career in 2006. Since his beginnings, Augusto has shown an outstanding motivation and work capacity. At the age of 8, he became part of the ‘Escuela Lorenzo Competición’.
Under the supervision, monitoring and training of the school’s Director, José Manuel Lorenzo (Father and trainer of MotoGP rider Jorge Lorenzo), he has been able to develop, upgrade and improve his rider skills day by day. His training is based in a combination of technique and riding in a wide range of specialties, in physic work and psychic qualities development.
From a technique point of view, his trainer highlighted: “Augusto is a rider with a very clean and precise technique. He has an excellent track, acceleration and braking control. He behaves with the same comfort in dry and wet conditions, showing a great ability, not only in the solo getaways, but in the group “battles”. He has a good riding, domination and control of the motorbike”.
At a personal level, his self-control and concentration in each of the competitions in which he has participated is what characterizes him. “He knows exactly the circuit characteristics and works conscientiously in the career strategy. This work reinforces his confidence and emotional balance, which, together with his skills and ability in riding, allow him to achieve very good results”.
During his first competition year, in 2007, Augusto showed that his evolution and projection were more than a fact to continue endeavoring and training in this sport. His first championship was the ‘Cuna de Campeones Bancaja’, in which he improved little by little until achieving a third place in the penultimate race and the victory in the last race.
In 2008, despite going through serious technique issues, he didn’t stop working and competing at the top of his capacity to continue, what in 2009 allowed him to become second in the Minimotard regional championship and champion in the Minimoto championship. He became champion with two races left to fight for. Except in the last race, he got on the podium during the whole championship, having and advantage of more than 100 points from the second classified.
In 2009 he also started to compete in the Open 80cc class to continue growing up in his sport career. In 2010 he started in the ‘Liga Interescuelas’ championship, riding a Kawasaki 65cc, and a year later a Kawasaki 85cc. It was new project in which the score was by school and not by rider, and he stood out, finishing in the first places during almost the whole competition.
In 2011, thanks to David Salom (Supersport World runner-up, and SBK champion in the EVO class), he made a Wild-Card at the European Junior Cup in Magny Cours (Francia) with a Kawasaki 250cc. It was a great experience because it was the first time he rode such a big motorbike and also in such a big circuit. He enjoyed it a lot, and he finished in 7th place, getting the race fast lap. Since that moment, his sport career made a turn and in 2013 he started competing at the European Junior Cup International Championship with a Honda CBR 500R, sharing calendar with the Superbike World Championship, in which he was second. In 2014, he competed again at the European Junior Cup, and he finally became champion.
In 2015 he competed in the Stock 600 class of the Superbike World Championship, where he became ‘Rookie of the year’, finishing the season in 4th place.
In 2016 he became Spanish Stock600 Champion at at the CEV with two races left to ride and he was again “Rookie of the year”, this time at the European Moto2 Championship, FIM CEV Repsol, finishing in 5th position.
2017 was a very important year for Augusto. He made his Moto2 World Championship debut at Mugello after getting a third place in the first FIM CEV Repsol Moto2 race and stayed in the category until the last race in Valencia. He reached the points twice: in Malaysia with a 12th place and in Valencia with a 14th place.
During the 2018 season, Augusto raced again both in the World Championship―finishing in the top eight on three occasions―and the FIM CEV Repsol. In the European series, he finished in the fifth position, and all these examples of speed and consistency allowed him to join the Pons HP40 team for 2019. An injury deprived him of disputing two races during the early stage of the season, but that circumstance was not an obstacle for establishing himself as a reference in the intermediate class thanks to three wins in Assen, Silverstone, and Misano.
In 2020 he joined Marc VDS Racing Team, and he obtained six top ten results during the season. This was a “hard and difficult” year for Augusto, who overcame an arm pump operation in late 2020. For 2021 his plan is really well defined: being competitive, winning races, and fighting for the title.