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14/09/2021 News

Fernandez, Öncü and Sasaki on the podium

ALCAÑIZ, Spain, September 14 - A good day for Elf riders at Aragon Motorland with Augusto Fernandez in Moto2 and Deniz Öncü and Ayumu Sasaki in Moto3 all picking up well-deserved trophies in Spain.


After two great races in Austria and England, Iker Lecuona confirmed his progress in Spain at the Alcañiz circuit. The KTM Tech 3 rider started in determined fashion and riding with Brad Binder, managed to get up to seventh position. Unfortunately, a small mistake towards the end of the race meant that he took the chequered flag in eleventh place. “The pace was incredible," commented Lecuona. “It's a pity I made that mistake in turn eight, but after my crash on Friday I was struggling with my shoulder. I would have liked to finish in the top ten but it wasn't possible.” Danilo Petrucci, who struggled with his front tyre, managed to cross the line in fifteenth place.


The Elf Marc VDS Racing Team's riders experienced mixed fortunes at the Aragon  Motorland circuit. Sam Lowes qualified on pole position, the sixteenth of his Moto2 career, equalling Tito Rabat's class record. He completed the first lap out in front before handing over the lead to Raul Fernandez. Long-time second, the British rider had the podium in his sights when he crashed out just a few kilometres from the chequered flag. In the end it was Augusto Fernandez, only twelfth on the grid, who gave the Belgian team its seventh podium of the season by finishing third. “This is certainly my best podium of the year", said the Spaniard. “I managed to overtake a lot of riders and I had to fight hard to do that, while being careful not to damage my rear tyre too much. It's a good result.” A result that allows Fernandez to climb to fifth place in the overall standings.


Second and third at the finish of the Aragon Grand Prix, Deniz Öncü and Ayumu Sasaki climbed onto the Spanish podium together. The Japanese rider was delighted with his result after starting from sixteenth on the grid, while the Turkish rider was disappointed to lose out on victory on the final lap after leading the race for so long. Just like in Austria, Öncü had to give up the win a few meters from the finish line. “Foggia did a good job closing the door after passing me," said the Tech 3 KTM rider. “I really wanted to win today, but I'm not giving up, I'll fight just as hard next weekend in Misano.” With this new podium Öncü moves up from fifteenth to ninth place in the overall Moto3 championship standings.


Danilo Petrucci


19th (37 points)

Iker Lecuona


18th (38 points)


Sam Lowes


4th (127 points)

Augusto Fernandez


5th (108 points)


Ayumu Sasaki


8th (87 points)

Deniz Öncü


9th (73 points)