Season 2023

Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina

1/4/23

Sprint Race

Fernández was denied a run at the inaugural MotoGP Sprint in Portugal the previous Saturday but lined-up with intent for the second exciting spectacle in Argentina. After 12 frantic laps he crossed the finish line in 16th: unlucky to have been caught-up in Joan Mir’s early race crash.

Augusto Fernandez, 17th in qualification, 16th in the Sprint:

“Tough! The first laps were a bit crazy and I lost some time in Mir’s crash as I had to avoid his bike. By the end I was catching the group ahead of me a little bit and I had good pace. Like in the Portimao race, I need to find this pace earlier. It was a good learning experience for tomorrow and I think we can do better in the longer race.”

2/4/23

Sunday Race

GASGAS Factory Racing’s MotoGP story wrapped another chapter today as Augusto Fernandez swallowed more experience of this highly demanding and technical series with a decent 11th place finish at a wet Termas de Rio Hondo. The Spaniard, and the GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 crew, pushed through 25 sodden laps of the Gran Premio Michelin de la Republica Argentina to rack-up world championship points for the second weekend in a row.

Fernández made decent progress during the weekend and had his first taste of MotoGP class action in tricky mixed conditions as well as dealing with the low grip nature of the track. The GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 team worked up to the Grand Prix chase on Sunday afternoon and Fernandez made a positive start from the sixth row. He then gained positions and fought off far more experienced racers. 11th place meant 5 points, his personal best and a time less than 20 seconds from the winner.
After two action-packed weekends in Portugal and Argentina, the GASGAS crew can now breathe and get back to Europe for a few days before flying across the Atlantic again to COTA in Texas for the Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas.
Augusto Fernandez, 19th:
“I’m happy. It was a fun race and I had some good battles in the group. Step-by-step I was getting into my pace, making good laps and moving forwards. I enjoyed myself and it was a good experience to have that first wet race in MotoGP. Happy!”