PETRONAS Sprinta Racing eagerly anticipate AustrianGP
Second Moto2 race at Spielberg this weekend for Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon
This weekend will see PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s riders Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon back in action at Spielberg, as the Moto2 pair aim for continued improvements and more points at the AustrianGP.
The resumption of racing after the summer break saw Vierge claim a top-ten finish at the StyrianGP, after battling hard to try to make his way through the field. The Spaniard is looking to find some small improvements this weekend, as he hopes to regain his podium form seen earlier in the season. Xavi knows he can be quick at Spielberg and goes into the AustrianGP tenth in the World Championship standing with 57 points.
Team-mate Dixon has continued where he left off before the summer break, continuing to improve his pace and was rewarded with a handful of points last time out. The Brit will be hoping for a repeat of his StyrianGP race start, which saw him gain nine places on the opening two laps, and to make it into the top-ten – after narrowly missing out last weekend. Jake currently has 16 world championship points and sits 20th in the riders’ standings.
Free Practice 1 will begin for Vierge and Dixon at 10.55am local time (4.55pm MYT) on Friday, with Sunday’s 25-lap Moto2 race due to get underway at 12.20pm local time (6.20pm MYT).
“It felt so good to be back racing again and I felt so comfortable with the bike. I think we are missing just the smallest thing, which would help us when battling with other riders. We have another chance this week, so we need to analyse all the data to see how we can improve our bike, especially to find that little bit more acceleration that we were missing last weekend. I think if we can make this step forward then we can be fighting for the top positions in the race on Sunday.” – Xavi Vierge
“We made an improvement in the race last weekend, so hopefully we can continue in this way when we’re back on track in a few day’s time. We’re going in the right way and that’s all that matters. We’ve got a good opportunity this weekend because we’re at the same track, it’s not like we’ve got to try and apply this to somewhere else. I’m really happy that we’re racing again and I can’t wait to jump back on the bike on Friday.” – Jake Dixon