Augusto Fernandez to start from third row at Assen


Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider will begin the Dutch GP from ninth place

Red Bull KTM Ajo Moto2 rider Augusto Fernandez will challenge for victory from the third row of the grid at the Dutch GP this Sunday, having qualified in ninth in Q2.

Fernandez went into the third and final Free Practice session of the weekend with very good feelings, the Spanish rider quickly moving into the top spot and improving his times lap after lap, finally achieving a 1:37.115 on his 14th attempt of a total of 21. It was not only the quickest time of the session, but also of Free Practice as a whole.

In Q2 qualifying, Fernandez pushed in an evenly matched session, undertaking with the constant threat of rain a concern to the Moto2 field. He progressively improved positions and, after a pit stop, upped the pace again to earn a solid spot on the starting grid at Assen. His 1:36.967 lap, set on his penultimate attempt of eight, puts him ninth.

Fernandez will be on Row 3 for the 24-lap Moto2 Dutch GP, which will take place on Sunday at 12:20 PM local time.

Results (Qualifying)
1. Jake Dixon (Kalex) 1:36.736
2. Albert Arenas (Kalex) 1:36.747 +0.011
3. Sam Lowes (Kalex) 1:36.767 +0.031
4. Ai Ogura (Kalex) 1:36.787 +0.051
5. Alonso Lopez (Boscoscuro) 1:36.842 +0.106
9. Augusto Fernandez (Red Bull KTM Ajo) 1:36.967 +0.231


“It was not the qualifying session that we had hoped for, as we had expected to be higher up. Everything is very tight, as we are two tenths from pole and on the third row, so we just need to put everything together. I’m comfortable on the bike and we have a good pace. Tomorrow we will try to get a good start and fight to be at the front.”