Tough AragonGP opening day for Vierge and McPhee2021-09-13 03:12
The opening day of the Gran Premio de Aragon proved to be a tricky one for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge, who ended the day 18th, while John McPhee was 31st – as he makes his Moto2 debut as stand-in for Jake Dixon.
Vierge got his home GP off to a good start; staying inside the top-14 on the timing screens early on in FP1 and sitting as high as fifth momentarily. At the end of the 40 minutes the Spaniard had posted the 12th fastest time – 1min 54.470secs. FP2 also started well for Xavi, who posted the fifth fastest time – 1min 53.833secs – on his first flying lap on hard tyres. After switching to the soft tyres, he was unable to improve upon this and ended the day 18th overall.
Making his Moto2 debut this weekend, as stand-in for Jake Dixon, McPhee spent FP1 familiarising himself with the Kalex machinery. Having made good progress throughout the session, he ended the morning 32nd with a 1min 57.695secs lap. The Scot was further able to improve in the afternoon’s FP2 session and reduced his lap time by 2.4secs, setting a 1min 55.274secs lap. Unfortunately a Turn 16 crash brought John’s Friday to a conclusion three minutes earlier than planned and he ended the day 31st.
FP3 will begin for Vierge and McPhee at 10.55am local time (6.55pm MYT) tomorrow, ahead of the first of the two Moto2 Qualifying sessions at 3.10pm local time (9.10pm MYT).
It has been a really strange day. This morning we had an issue with the rear tyre, so we changed it and then I had a good feeling with the bike again. In FP2 we started really well with the hard tyre and had a good race pace, but then when we switched to the soft tyre we couldn’t improve. We expected a lot more from it. All of the other riders improved by at least half a second with this tyre, so we need to understand why. We know we have a good pace but we need a fast time over one lap for Qualifying. So our objective tomorrow will be to try to figure this out.
Source: SIC Racing Team
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