Top ten finish for Augusto Fernandez in the #AmericasGP

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GASGAS Factory Racing’s Augusto Fernandez rushed to his first top ten classification in just his third MotoGP race by completing a tough and costly Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas in 10th at COTA. The GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 squad saw both their riders bank world championship points as Jonas Folger upped his pace to finish 12th.

Strong and cold gusts blew across a sun-drenched COTA facility on Sunday morning and the winds of change also sailed through the GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 pitbox as Augusto Fernandez and Jonas Folger advanced substantially from their grid positions to occupy slots in the top twelve after 20 hard laps.

Better feeling, increased speed and extra competitiveness marked significant progress for the crew as they aimed to Get on the Gas around one of the most complex and challenging layouts on the GP slate. So demanding were the conditions that nine other racers failed to make the finish. Fernandez and Folger keep steady and consistent and barreled past the flag to plant distinctive milestones: Fernandez with his first top ten ranking in just his third MotoGP dash and Folger in his GASGAS debut for the squad.

After trips to Portugal, Argentina and now the USA, MotoGP moves back to Europe and for the first of three Grands Prix in Spain this season.

Augusto Fernandez, 10th:
“It was a hard race but I’m happy because we made a good step. Finishing the race was important; there were a lot of crashes. My feeling on the bike was much better and an improvement on what it had been through the weekend. I was more competitive, so I think we are doing a good job.”

Jonas Folger, 12th:
“Race done here in Austin. I expected a difficult one…and it was difficult! But I felt much more comfortable on the bike and, together with the guys, we picked out areas of my riding where I could improve quickly and try to get better through the race. I was able to solve some things and understand the bike more. For this reason I’m happy. I was a bit more consistent and faster than yesterday. I want to thank the guys here in the garage and their support. They have taken the pressure away from me because they know it’s not an easy situation to walk in here and to try and be competitive in MotoGP. Really good people and a good experience for me.”

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