The Autodromo del Mugello again provided an epic stage for MotoGP and the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley highlighted the world championship at its best: speed, close action, atmosphere and unpredictability. GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 were firmly part of the show for round six and Augusto Fernandez managed to grab 15th after 23 energized laps.
A red blur! Mugello’s snaking main straight was again the scene for record-busting top speed in Grand Prix racing – marked by the RC16 – but the section of the awesome Italian layout was also a key point for overtaking and risk throughout the Italian Grand Prix. Augusto Fernandez was one of the MotoGP pack trying to judge the best braking points and lines into Turn 1 and around the rest of the 14 curves that constitute one of the toughest and best-loved course on the calendar.
Fernandez and Jonas Folger launched immediately into the hunt for the top fifteen. By the halfway stage of the 23-lap distance Fernandez was improving his feeling and pace in the classification. A solid move at the finale of the GP enabled #AF37 to burst through and seize 15th, less than half a second behind Fabio Di Giannantonio. Folger ended the day with 19th after losing substantial ground due to running off-track at Turn 15.
Augusto Fernandez, 15th:
“A hard race and a tough weekend but to get one point; I was happy about that. I learned a lot here and to reach the finish and make improvements was very important for me. Hard conditions, but the end of race was not so bad and I was competitive. We just need to work on being faster at the start.”