PETRONAS Sprinta Racing continue strong progress in official Moto2 test

2020-02-21 10:52
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing duo Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon were out on track at the Circuito de Jerez – Angel Nieto this week for the first official Moto2 test of the season, just one week after kicking- off their 2020 season with a private test at the same venue.

Over the three-day test, Xavi Vierge really hit his stride on days two and three, regularly running in the top-three and bettering the circuit’s existing outright lap record by almost half a second. Furthermore, he was one second faster than his best race lap at the venue from last year, with similar track conditions. Adding a further 165 laps to his pre-season testing mileage, the Spaniard set his best lap on the final day to finish 6th fastest overall on combined times with a 1min 40.776secs.

Team-mate Jake Dixon continued his adaption to the Kalex chassis which is new to him this season and worked on fine-tuning rear grip and finding more front grip. Making encouraging progress, his programme was unfortunately cut short during the second session of the second day when a crash ruled him out of any more running after racking up 93 laps and setting a 1min 42.131secs to finish 25th overall on combined times. After traveling back to the UK, he was diagnosed with a broken ring finger on his right hand but has been told it will not impact upon his ability to participate in the upcoming official test and season-opening Grand Prix, both held in Qatar over the next fortnight.

As the start of the 2020 Moto2 season draws ever-nearer, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing will travel to Qatar for the final pre-season test on 29 February – 1 March, before the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit beckon for the first Grand Prix of the season on 6-8 March.

Johan Stigefelt
Team Director

During the last three days Xavi continued to build upon the great work he started in the private test last week, improving in all aspects and doing small but important steps on geometry and suspension settings. He’s also been testing Dunlop front tyre compounds. There is still a little work to do in the time attack, but the pace is really good at this point of the season, with several 1min 40sec laps in a row suggesting a strong race pace, which of course we look forward to confirming next time out in Qatar.

For Jake, it’s a real pity he crashed on the second day because the result of that was that he lost one and a half days of testing – half the test. He was building the confidence to start really pushing and improving his lap times, so of course there is much more to come there. Fortunately, it seems that the injury in his finger won’t prevent him from participating in the following test in Qatar and in the opening Grand Prix of the season, so we look forward to picking up where this test was left off next week. In the meantime, we wish him a speedy recovery.

Source: SIC Racing Team

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