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07/10/2021 News

Rodeo at the Circuit of the Americas

AUSTIN (TX), United States, October 8th – On a very bumpy Austin circuit that challenged both man and machine, Augusto Fernandez came out on top with fourth place in the Moto2 race. A good result for the Elf Marc VDS Racing Spaniard who was new to the Texan track.


Another difficult weekend for the KTM Tech 3 Factory riders. Neither Danilo Petrucci nor Iker Lecuona managed to finish the Grand Prix of the Americas in the points. Clearly the bumps of the Austin circuit really didn’t suit Hervé Poncharal's protégés. “I never managed to find my feet on this track," commented Lecuona, who finished sixteenth. “I wasn't well placed on the grid and there was lots of ‘pushing and shoving’ over the first few laps of the race. I tried to push hard to try and move up the field but very quickly my rear tyre deteriorated and I lacked grip. I don't score any points but this race allowed me to gain some valuable experience.” Struggling with back pain since practice, Petrucci also had a difficult weekend. “I didn't manage to find the right pace," said the Italian, eighteenth at the chequered flag. “I used up a lot of energy trying to catch up on braking but in the end I didn't get anywhere. I will have to do better in Misano.”


For his first outing at the difficult and highly technical Circuit of the Americas, Augusto Fernandez put in a good performance, finishing in the top six in the different practice sessions. In the race, the Spaniard even managed to take fourth place. “I'm very happy because it was a difficult race," said the Elf Marc VDS Racing rider. “I didn't get a very good start and I wasn't very good at the beginning of the race with the full tank. I had problems with braking and lost a lot of places. It took me a little while to move back up but I finished the race well.” Sam Lowes was forced to retire due to an ignition problem with the engine fitted to his Kalex.


There were plenty of twists and turns in the Moto3 race in Texas. Interrupted twice, once after a crash by Salac and again following a multi-rider collision, the positions finally given were those of the riders when the race director brought out the first red flag. Deniz Öncü ended up in fifth place with Ayumu Sasaki 13th. “Honestly, we were very worried when we saw what happened in the second part of the race," commented Hervé Poncharal. “Fortunately, to the huge relief for the whole paddock, everyone was fine and that's the most important thing."


Danilo Petrucci


19th (37 points)

Iker Lecuona


18th (38 points)


Sam Lowes


4th (140 points)

Augusto Fernandez


5th (131 points)


Ayumu Sasaki


9th (96 points)

Deniz Öncü


11th (84 points)