Fifth row AragonGP start for Vierge2021-09-13 03:24
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge will start his third home Grand Prix of the season from the fifth row of the grid, after ending Qualifying today in 13th, while John McPhee will start the Gran Premio de Aragon – his first ever Moto2 race – from 29th.
Vierge set a banker lap of 1min 52.723secs early on in FP3, which saw him sit fourth for most of the session. The Spaniard was unable to improve upon this, but he ended a tight FP3 13th and secured his place in Q2. Xavi also had a strong start to Qualifying, posting the sixth fastest lap – 1min 52.528secs – early on. He looked set to improve this further but unfortunately had a lap disallowed for exceeding track limits. Ending Q2 in 13th, Xavi will start tomorrow’s AragonGP from the fifth row of the grid.
McPhee was also quick to improve upon his best time from yesterday and set a 1min 54.897secs lap time. Continuing to gather experience aboard the Kalex, as he fills in for Jake Dixon, the Scot ended FP3 32nd. The afternoon’s Q1 session proved to be a positive one for John, who set an early benchmark time of 1min 53.475secs that put him 13th in the extremely competitive class. McPhee did not improve this further and ended Q1 15th, which will see him start his debut Moto2 race from 29th.
Tomorrow’s Warm Up session will begin at 9.10am local time (3.10pm MYT) for Vierge and McPhee, with lights due to go out for the 21-lap Moto2 race at 12.20pm local time (6.20pm MYT).
We have improved a lot compared to yesterday, but we were just missing a little bit. On this track everyone’s times are so tight, so small differences can have a big effect on where you are. I think we did a good job and we will start from the fifth row tomorrow. It is not perfect, but equally it isn’t bad. We need to try to fix a small chatter problem that we are having for the race, but the team is working hard to solve that. I think we have a good pace with both tyres, we need to decide which ones we will use, and we have more potential for good rhythm throughout the whole race.
Source: SIC Racing Team
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