Dixon and Vierge get to grips with Brno heat2020-08-07 03:08
Jake Dixon and Xavi Vierge were back on track today, as the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing pairing took part in day one of the Grand Prix České republiky, held at Automotodrom Brno. After battling tough conditions Dixon finished the day 15th, with team-mate Vierge just behind in 16th.
The Moto2 pair, who were keen to put the trials and tribulations of Jerez behind them, started the day well with the hard tyre bolted on to their Triumph-powered Kalex machines. With track temperatures approaching 37C – remarkably cooler than those experienced in Spain – Jake and Xavi were both lapping consistently within the automatic Q2 places. However, as the session went on both struggled to further improve their times. After 16 laps Jake finished the session 15th with a 2mins 3.550secs lap time, while team-mate Xavi (who completed 17 laps) managed a best time of 2mins 4.456secs, leaving him 27th.
With track temperatures rising to 46C in the afternoon, the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders took to the circuit with the soft tyre to understand which tyres would be the best for race day, but also to test some changes to their set-up. Both riders improved upon the morning’s lap times and Jake’s best time of 2mins 3.325secs (from 13 laps) saw him end the session 14th. After 15 laps, Xavi ended the session just behind in 15th after posting a 2mins 3.438secs time. The pair concluded the day with 15th and 16th respectively in the combined Friday practice times.
Jake and Xavi will take to the track for Moto2 FP3 at 10.55am local time (4.55pm MYT) tomorrow, with qualifying due to commence at 3.10pm local time (9.10pm MYT).
It is only one day in, but my overall feeling is already better than in Jerez – for some reason I seem to have always struggled there. I feel like we started session one well this morning, then we tried something different in the second session. It wasn’t better, but we had to try it to find that out and know which direction to go in. All the team are working hard and hopefully tomorrow we can make a further step forward. I still think the biggest time improvement will come from me, so I’m looking forward to getting in as many laps as possible to help make that improvement. I think I’ve got more of a flow here so we’ll just keep chipping away and see what we can do this weekend.
Source: SIC Racing Team
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