MotoGP™ continued to roar at the Autodromo Internazionale del Mugello today, with a tasty programme on the menu just like every Saturday, with the qualifying sessions in the morning followed by the Tissot Sprint in the afternoon. However, it did not quite roar like we would have wanted. Tough day in the office for the GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 riders, with Augusto Fernandez completing the Sprint in P20, just in front of his teammate Jonas Folger who finished in P21.
Mugello for the first time in MotoGP™, it is definitively not an easy one. Rookie Augusto Fernandez could not agree more after his tricky Saturday. The Spaniard did not start his day in the best way possible after suffering a crash after eight laps which completely destroyed his GASGAS RC16 into pieces. This left him out of the rest of the session while he refocused for the first qualifying session, set to start shortly after. In qualifying, he rode his fastest lap in 1’46.359, which qualified him in twenty-first on the grid for both the Sprint and tomorrow’s race. At 15:00 local time, lights went out for eleven laps. Some small drops of rain put the rider on alert at the start, meaning that he was extra careful. He struggled during the first laps and completely lost contact with his group. His confidence seemed to return lap after lap, and he rode his fastest lap on lap 10/11, in 1’47.515. Augusto finished in twentieth today, and will look to turn around his weekend on Sunday’s race, one that we know he has been more comfortable with since his debuts in MotoGP™.
Jonas Folger continued to struggle today to find his marks with the RC16 on the Italian layout. In qualifying, he rode his fastest lap in 1’47.806, and got the last spot on the grid for the two races of the weekend. In the afternoon, the German set off for his fourth Sprint, but struggled to find grip during the entire Sprint. He did not ride as fast as he would have wanted, and finished the race twenty-first. The number 94 will have another chance to do things as he would like to on Sunday, for the main race scheduled at 14:00 (GMT+2).