Augusto Fernandez 15th, Jonas Folger 19th at Mugello
The Autodromo del Mugello again provided an epic stage for MotoGP and the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley highlighted the world championship at its best: speed, close action, atmosphere and unpredictability. GASGAS Factory Racing Tech3 were firmly part of the show for round six and Augusto Fernandez managed to grab 15th after 23 energized laps.
Mugello’s snaking main straight was again the scene for record-busting top speed in Grand Prix racing – marked by the RC16 – but the section of the awesome Italian layout was also a key point for overtaking and risk throughout the Italian Grand Prix. Augusto Fernandez was one of the MotoGP pack trying to judge the best braking points and lines into Turn 1 and around the rest of the 14 curves that constitute one of the toughest and best-loved course on the calendar.
Fernandez and Jonas Folger launched immediately into the hunt for the top fifteen. By the halfway stage of the 23-lap distance Fernandez was improving his feeling and pace in the classification. A solid move at the finale of the GP enabled #AF37 to burst through and seize 15th, less than half a second behind Fabio Di Giannantonio. Folger ended the day with 19th after losing substantial ground due to running off-track at Turn 15.
In contrast to the length and spread of Mugello, the Sachsenring is a more compact and twisty prospect. The old course will again host the Liqui Moly Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland next weekend and with another capacity crowd expected. GASGAS will get on the GAS for their debut on the spiralling German asphalt.
Augusto Fernandez, 15th:
“A hard race and a tough weekend but to get one point; I was happy about that. I learned a lot here and to reach the finish and make improvements was very important for me. Hard conditions, but the end of race was not so bad and I was competitive. We just need to work on being faster at the start.”
Jonas Folger, 19th:
“A difficult race! I was hoping to make improvements for today but still had a few of the same issues as Saturday. However I learned a lot and have a lot to check with our engineers. In my next test we’ll have some things to try. Once again, I want to thank the team and the factory for this opportunity. I really hope we can see Pol back on the bike again now!”