Fernandez and Lowes set for Sachsenring challenge
The tight, twisty and undulating 3.7km Sachsenring track hosts the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team this weekend as Augusto Fernandez and Sam Lowes look to build on a double top 10 at the previous round in Catalunya.
A fighting fifth place for Fernandez and solid seventh for Lowes marked the Elf Marc VDS Racing Team’s 200th Grand Prix appearance in positive fashion in Catalunya and the pair have their sights set on a podium challenge in Sunday’s 28-lap German Moto2 round.
- With 10 left corners, the Sachsenring is one of only five anti-clockwise tracks on the World Championship schedule, but one of its three right turns is the spectacular blind entry and downhill turn 12 taken in fifth gear.
/// AUGUSTO FERNANDEZ
- Fernandez showed his fighting qualities and brilliant speed in Barcelona to follow up a season best qualifying performance with an attacking display in the race to finish only one second away from the podium.
- On his last visit to the Sachsenring in 2019, the Spaniard was one of the fastest and most consistent on track all weekend and he started and finished inside the top six.
“I’m confident I can be in the lead group again”
“I’m really looking forward to starting the weekend in Sachsenring after such a good result in Barcelona. The top five in the last race gives me a lot of motivation to be back at the front again this weekend. Sachsenring is a track where I had a strong performance in 2019 both in qualifying and the race and I’m confident I can battle with the lead group again on Sunday.”
/// SAM LOWES
- Lowes used his wealth of experience in low grip conditions in Catalunya to deliver a measured performance that saw him miss the top six by the narrow margin of just 0.3s.
- The 30-year-old is eager to fight for his first podium finish at the Sachsenring after taking fifth places in both 2015 and 2018.
“Sachsenring is technical and different to most on the calendar”
“After missing the German GP in 2020, I’m happy we will go back this season. The circuit is quite technical and different to most on the calendar. It will be important to work well on Friday to have the best solutions for the race. I am really excited for these next two back-to-back races and to get two strong results going into the summer break would be very nice. It was very important for us to complete a full race distance in Catalunya, and we will look to build on that in Sachsenring.”