Best 2020 qualifying result for Dixon

2020-08-24 06:03
It was a strong day at Red Bull Ring – Spielberg for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Jake Dixon, who scored his highest qualifying result since joining the team for this season. The Brit, who made it straight into Q2, will start tomorrow’s Moto2 race from 13th. Team-mate Xavi Vierge was unfortunate to miss out on a place in the second qualifying session, after setting the exact same lap time as the fourth rider to progress from Q1. The Spaniard will line up 19th tomorrow.

Yellow flags disrupted proceedings in the Moto2 FP3 session twice over the course of the first 20 minutes, with track-side marshals having to retrieve one stricken bike from the track and extinguish another at Turn 3. This kept Dixon just outside the Q2 positions for the majority of the session, albeit by only 0.001secs. In the final five minutes an impressive 1min 28.772secs lap from the Brit saw him jump up to third in session, fifth overall and with a place in Q2. Unfortunately, this incredible time from Jake saw him push team-mate Vierge outside of those top fourteen places. The Spaniard had been just inside the Q2 promotion zone with a time of 1min 29.063secs, but ended the session fifteenth overall and only 0.022secs shy of going into the second qualifying session.

Dixon, who was one of the first riders to complete a flying lap in Q2, immediately posted a strong time that put him fourth for the opening part of the session. The Brit looked set to improve further but unfortunately a small crash part way through the session in Turn 3 prevented him from doing so. Jake was unhurt and was able to get back on his bike immediately, but with the wind picking up late in the closing stages, he couldn’t get back into the rhythm to further improve upon his 1min 29.403secs time. He will line up on tomorrow’s Moto2 grid 13th, which is his best starting position since he joined PETRONAS Sprinta Racing.

Team-mate Vierge had a more difficult task on his hands as he took to the track in Q1. The Spaniard was consistently quick throughout the session and looked set to finish within the top-four spots, which would have seen him through to Q2. Luck was against him though as Xavi’s fastest time of 1min 29.431secs saw him take fifth, with the exact same time as the fourth placed rider. This left him out of Q2 and he will start tomorrow’s race 19th.

The Moto2 duo will be back out on track tomorrow at 9.10am local time (3.10pm MYT) for Warm Up, with the 25-lap race due to commence at 12.20pm local time (6.20pm MYT).

Jake Dixon
13th (1'29.403)

I’m feeling good! I felt good this morning and the bike felt good too. I knew the position yesterday didn’t reflect what we could do. I feel like we did a good job this morning. Unfortunately though we had a crash in qualifying. I don’t know if it was hotter or not, but I felt like I was on more of a limit with the front. Just typical that I did my fastest first split and then crashed. I felt like I could have gone better, maybe achieved a 1min 29secs flat and gone inside the top-ten. I said to the team beforehand that if I can be tenth to 14th in this session then it’s a real positive. We’re still learning and growing as a team together. Tomorrow I think we can have a good race, I just need to focus on improving the first part of the race. If I can do that I think we can be fast come the end of the race.

Source: SIC Racing Team

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