Born in Madrid, Spain on September 23rd, 1997, Augusto Fernández started to make a name for himself when he was crowned Junior European Champion in 2014, before competing in the Superstock 600 where he achieved a victory in the 2015 season. In 2016, he finished fifth of the FIM CEV Repsol Moto2™ championship, a result which got him a call from Speed Up to take his first steps in the Moto2™ Championship, starting at the 2017 Italian GP. Despite the 6 points scored, he did not find a motorcycle for 2018 and therefore returned to the FIM CEV Repsol Moto2™. However, the Pons HP 40 turned to him, during the Catalan GP, to replace Héctor Barberá. The Spaniard finished inside the top 8 three times, and even came close to the podium at the Japanese GP.
2019-2021: Rising Slowly but Surely in Moto2
The 2019 campaign was his big turning point, despite an initial injury that cost him in Argentina and Austin, a first podium at Jerez was followed by another at Le Mans, with a first victory at Assen. Two more victories followed as a title challenge loomed, but no podiums in the past six races left him out of the fight. For 2020 he started as one of the favourites in the title fight after filling the vacancy left by Álex Márquez at EG 0,0 Marc VDS. However, his performance was not as expected and he was 13th overall. No victories came in 2021 either but we did see him return to form in the latter half of the season, taking six podiums in the final nine races, closing the championship in fifth.
2022: The Year that Changed it All
His 2021 results were enough to earn a seat for 2022 at Red Bull KTM Ajo for his fourth full season in the Moto2 World Championship. With two pole positions, nine podiums including four wins and a total of 271,5 points, he was crowned World Champion in the season finale in Valencia.
2023: The Jump to MotoGP™
The 2022 Moto2™ World Champion made his debuts in MotoGP™ in 2023 with GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3, alongside the experienced Pol Espargaro. The team displayed a perfect mix of youth and experience, but unfortunately Fernandez lost his reference quickly following Espargaro's injury sustained at the opening round in Portimao. Still, he made a great start to his rookie season in the main class, highlighted by his first top 10 on round 3 in Austin. Le Mans was the highlight of the year when the Spaniard took the checkered flag in P4, in what was only his fifth MotoGP™ race, and he grabbed his first Tissot Sprint point in Silverstone. The progress continued as the rookie impressed, scoring points during eleven consecutive rounds, until a P16 in Misano put an end to his impressive streak. If qualifying was not his strongest point, the Spaniard showed that he was made for Sundays early into the season, but we saw major improvements towards the end of the season in qualifying, allowing him to start from better grid positions. In Valencia, Augusto Fernandez received the trophy of the 2023 MotoGP™ Rookie of the year, somehow a formality, but the number 37 did not steal his title, after he scored a total of seventy-one points and ranked seventeenth in the riders championship. Let's remember that his 2022 predecessors had only scored twenty-seven points between them.
2024: Time to go for it!
Augusto Fernandez’ impressive debuts in MotoGP™ secured him a seat for a second year with the GASGAS Tech3 team as he looks to take all the experience from his rookie season into 2024, which should be the season to transform all the acquired knowledge into results. He will lead the Red Bull GASGAS Tech3 squad, alongside his old teammate from Moto2™, Pedro Acosta, who will make his debuts in the main class next year.