Another day in Jerez, another race, and another eventful one at the Gran Premio MotoGP™ Guru by Gryfyn de España on Sunday. Rookie Augusto Fernandez raced for the first time in his home country in the main category after finishing in seventeenth at the Tissot Sprint on Saturday, and Jonas Foldger completed his second weekend with the GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 crew, in sunny and warm Andalusia.
For what was already his fourth race in MotoGP™, Spaniard Augusto Fernandez was starting from the twenty-first position, just ahead of German teammate Jonas Folger. Lights went out at 15:00 local time (GMT+2) in front of a packed Circuito de Jerez – Àngel Nieto, but that was not for long as the red flag was again shown today following a crash in turn 3. Without a crash today, there was less pressure than yesterday in the garage, and Augusto was able to restart the race with his race bike 1, at 15:23, for twenty-four laps. Within three laps, he had powered himself to P15 already, between Fabio Di Giannantonio and Raul Fernandez. He quickly elevated his game and rode his fastest lap on lap 6 in 1’38.796 and shortly after that he found himself ahead of Fabio Quartararo who had lost a bit of rhythm. Augusto lost a bit of pace in laps 7 and 8, which resulted in losing a position to Raul Fernandez, but he quickly regained it to find himself behind Di Giannantonio again. The rookie settled into a strong and competitive pace, and passed the checkered flag in P13, meaning that he scored for the fourth time in a row points on Sunday. A great effort for Augusto who brings his total points to seventeenth, and now sits in sixteenth in the standings, tied with Fabio Di Giannantonio.
When the race started, Jonas Folger felt uncomfortable with the low grip so the red flag was a good opportunity for him to make a few twists on his bike’s setting for the race restart. He took a good second start as he remained close behind Iker Lecuona, and he registered his fastest lap of the race in 1’40.026 on the third lap already. He eventually settled into his rhythm in 1 '40 all race long, taking experience and information on the GASGAS RC16 ahead of an important day of testing on Monday. Track conditions were tough for the old Tech3 rider, but he managed to complete it with success and reached the seventeenth position.
An important testing day lies ahead for GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 on Monday at the Circuito de Jerez – Àngel Nieto, so stay tuned as MotoGP™ is not going home yet!
On the other side of the garage, Jonas Folger struggled a bit with the tough conditions on track as it was quite hot, but he completed the race, gathered important data for us to study, which is one of our main objectives with him. We are happy with our boys, and now we have an important testing day ahead of us tomorrow.
We are feeling very positive for the future because both KTM boys Brad Binder and Jack Miller had an outstanding weekend here in Jerez. Congratulations to them."