#DutchGP - June 20, 2023

Last round of June’s triple header for GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 who has travelled 630 km north-west from the Sachsenring to settle at the TT Circuit Assen, aka. the good old Cathedral of Speed, for round eight of 2023, the Dutch Grand Prix. Coming from a good weekend in Germany, rookie Augusto Fernandez will be eying points again while Jonas Folger will travel once again to the Netherlands as he continues his adaptation on the GASGAS RC16. 

Rookie Augusto Fernandez will be eager to travel to the TT, one of his favorite tracks on the calendar that holds a special place in his heart. Indeed, the GASGAS Tech3 rider took his maiden Grand Prix win in the Netherlands, back in 2019 when he was in his third season in the Moto2™ World Championship. When the paddock returned to Assen in 2021, Augusto finished in third, and last season, year he was crowned Moto2™ World Champion, he took his second win at the Dutch Grand Prix. It is fair to say that the rookie will be heading to the Cathedral of Speed with a positive mindset considering his past results. At the Sachsenring, the number 37 continued to progress, having raced his best Tissot Sprint at the end of which he claimed P14. In Sunday's race, he finished at the doors of the top 10, in eleventh. Without a doubt, he will be hungry for more before heading to the summer break.

After having had the biggest pleasure to be back racing in front of a home crowd at the German Grand Prix, Jonas Folger will travel with the GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 team for the Dutch Grand Prix. The number 94 made significant progress on the RC16 at the Sachsenring, as he continued to close the gap with the rest of the riders. In the Netherlands, his objective will be to try different things to help him feel more comfortable on the bike.

Final weekend of MotoGP™ before a five week-break, so take it all as you can! Another busy end of the week is awaiting the main class, with the action set to start on Friday at 10:45 LT (GMT+2) with Practice 1, followed by the one hour-P2 at 15:00. On Saturday, GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 boys will fight for a good grid position in the morning with the qualifying sessions starting at 10:50 LT, shortly after the Free Practice at 10:10. The final show before the summer break will go down on Sunday when lights go out at 14:00, for the Dutch Grand Prix.

Championship: 14th
Points: 36
"I am excited to go to the TT Assen because it is a track that I like a lot, where I have good memories from, just like the Sachsenring. First of all, we will see how I adapt with the MotoGP bike, and if I can be competitive. If this is the case, we will need to work really well on Friday because it is important to try qualifying for Q2, or at least be very close to the Q2 places. We are riding well during the races, so it’s all about qualifying if we want to have the chance to fight for better positions with the top guys.”

Championship: 21st
Points: 7
"I am very happy to be heading to the TT Assen with the team. Even though the results in Germany did not reflect it, we improved and reduced the gap with the other riders, which is a positive point for me. Anyway, we are heading to the Netherlands with a new game plan, and we will be working a bit differently because I still need to find my way to ride this bike. We have a few things in mind that we want to try, so it is going to be a very important weekend. Hopefully the weather will be good."

"It is now time to conclude the first part of the season before the summer break at the mythical Cathedral of Speed, the TT Assen. Dutch fans are always so enthusiastic and are coming early in the week to support us, and I am sure that they will love the new MotoGP format. Augusto Fernandez is heading to this track with a good confidence, because this is a layout that he enjoys, having won his first ever Moto2 race here in 2019, and he also took the win last season. I am sure that he will aim to show everything he has learned since the start of the season, and will want to conclude the first half with another strong result before the break. On the other side, Jonas Folger will continue riding with us as Pol Espargaro still needs more time to recover and has decided to focus on an eventual comeback after the summer break. The whole GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 team is behind him, and continues to fully support him until he is able to return to racing."


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