Renewed vigour for Vierge and Dixon2020-08-19 00:43
Having achieved their best Moto2 result last time out at the Austrian GP, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing riders Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon are keen to continue the positive momentum in Austria this weekend’s Grand Prix of Styria with a double points finish the main target.
Although Vierge struggled in qualifying, the Spaniard made rapid progress in Sunday’s race. A strong ride for Xavi saw him in an intense battle for fourth with Sam Lowes, which saw the pair trading places through the second half of the red flag-restarted 13-lap sprint. Crossing the line fifth marked his best result since joining PETRONAS Sprinta Racing and the best Moto2 result in the history of the team. With the positive progress made, Xavi will be looking to build upon that success this weekend.
Team-mate Dixon will also be looking to continue the steps forward that have been made on his side of the garage in recent races as he continues to acclimatise to the Kalex chassis. The Brit was able to make it directly into the second Moto2 qualifying session last weekend and, despite experiencing some tyre issues in the opening laps, was able to pick up some well-earned points. With a weekend’s worth of data gathered around the 4.3km Austrian circuit, this season’s double-headers at the same circuit are to Jake’s advantage in maximising track time.
The pair will take to the track for their first Free Practice session of the weekend at 10.55am local time (4.55pm MYT). The 25-lap Moto2 race on Sunday will get underway at 12.20pm local time (6.20pm MYT).
We made a lot of progress last weekend and I hope that we can continue that this weekend, of course having the benefit of being at the same circuit again. We still need to work on qualifying because a good starting position is key for getting a good result. I’ve shown that I have the pace to make my way through the field, but to be fighting for the podium I need to be starting further forward. Fifth last time out was a really good result though and I really enjoyed some of the battles I had. I hope now we can make another step forward and start challenging for the podium.
Source: SIC Racing Team
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