7TH ONCE MORE FOR FENATI AT ALGARVE MOTO3™ GRAND PRIX
ROMANO FENATI SCORED HIS SECOND CONSECUTIVE 7TH PLACE FINISH FOR HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES AS THE ITALIAN ROSE TO 4TH PLACE IN THE MOTO3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP AFTER THE SECOND GRAND PRIX IN PORTUGAL
Romano Fenati immediately got down to work and despite windy and chilly air in Portugal was the hottest rider in the first two Free Practice sessions to head the sheets after the first day of activity.
Come Saturday though it was rookie Adrian Fernandez – benefitting from the visit seven months earlier and able to apply his settings and knowledge to the challenge during qualification – who excelled. The Spaniard shrewdly placed himself amidst a busy group in the final minute of Q2 to make the most of the tow and rocket to his best-ever qualification.
3rd place allowed Fernandez to roll his FR 250 GP onto the front row of the grid for the first time.
On Sunday morning a large group formed at the front of the Moto3 contest as 21 laps of the 4.6km layout would decide the podium positions. Fernandez was initially running with the leaders but keep a consistent pace to circulate on the edge of the top ten. Less than three seconds split all the riders vying for championship points down to 15th. Fenati was also in the fray and increased his pace and track condition to classify 7th: less than two seconds away from race winner Pedro Acosta by the conclusion of the tense and exciting spectacle that witnessed some late crashes. Fernandez was satisfied with 11th.
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