Home GP heartbreak for Vierge in Aragon2021-09-13 03:29
The Gran Premio de Aragon came to an early conclusion for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge, who unfortunately crashed out on lap 4, while John McPhee ended a positive Moto2 debut at MotorLand Aragon 20th.
Vierge had a good start from 13th on the grid, claiming four places off the line to move into ninth on the opening lap. The Spaniard then settled into an intense battle with those riders around him for the next couple of laps. Able to increase his pace and set a personal best lap, Xavi looked set to start making his way through the field, but a crash on lap 4 brought his race to an early end. Vierge will head to the next race 11th in the riders’ standings with 67 world championship points.
Deputising for Jake Dixon and making his Moto2 debut, McPhee experienced a difficult start and found himself dropping from 29th to 32nd on the opening lap. Working hard to try to stay with the back of the pack, the Scot made steady progress in what became a race of attrition. Although John found himself adrift of the main field, he was able to enjoy battles with other riders and won a drag race to the line to claim a credible 20th place at the chequered flag.
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing will now head directly to Misano for the Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, which takes place next weekend (17-19 September).
It’s a real shame for Xavi. We were hoping for more today because he had the potential for a top-ten result, but he was unable to do that. It is what it is though and we’ll regroup in Misano next weekend.
John was able to learn more things about this new category for him in the race; he was making his way through and was able to pick up some important knowledge. I’m happy that he finished the race in 20th; it’s a good result for him.
Source: SIC Racing Team
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