Constructive day for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing in Austria

2020-08-24 06:00
Despite high track temperatures causing difficulties for the riders in the first day of the Grand Prix of Styria, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Moto2 pairing of Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon have continued to make progress, albeit not reflected in the timing screens. Although they finished the day 24th and 26th, both feel that improvements have been made.

The morning’s FP1 session saw quick times from the outset, with the opening laps matching those at the end of last week’s opening free practice session, and by the end of the session times were already faster than at the end of the Austrian GP FP3. Vierge started with the hard rear tyre bolted on to his Triumph-powered Kalex, in order to gather further data and test minor set-up tweaks. At the end of the 40 minutes, in what became an extremely close session, the Spaniard’s best time of 1min 29.719secs placed him 24th – less than one second from the top. Meanwhile, team-mate Dixon was enjoying a solid morning, but when the flying laps started to be run in the final minutes the Brit ran wide in Turn 1 and was forced to end FP1 early. He finished 26th with a fastest time of 1min 29.821secs.

The duo continued to work through their specific programme in the afternoon, with each rider focused on a different task to the other to collect the largest amount of data possible. It proved to be another close affair with the top 25 riders covered by 1.011secs. After not being able to make the most of going straight through to Q2 last time out, Xavi was eager to improve the one-lap pace of his machine. Although the Spaniard has been able to identify where the improvements need to be made, he finished the session 17th with a 1min 29.726secs lap time – placing him 24th overall. Team-mate Dixon used the session to simulate a race run to understand how the tyres would evolve over the laps. When the chequered flag came out his best time of 1min 30.046secs saw him finish 23rd, moving him to 26th across the two sessions.

The Moto2 pairing will be back on track tomorrow at 10.55am local time (4.55pm MYT) for FP3, with the first qualifying session set to start at 3.10pm local time (9.10pm MYT).

Source: SIC Racing Team

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