Vierge secures important top-14 spot on opening day of action at Silverstone
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge ends BritishGP opening day 11th; stand-in rider Adam Norrodin 30th on his Moto2 return
The BritishGP made a return to the Moto2 calendar today, after the 2020 edition was cancelled, with PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge posting the 11th fastest lap at Silverstone. Adam Norrodin, stand-in for Jake Dixon, ended the day 30th.
A strong start to FP1 saw Vierge immediately move into eighth on the timing screens, and the Spaniard stayed within the top-14 throughout the session. At the end of the 40 minutes, his 2mins 6.299secs lap time placed him tenth. Xavi continued this good form in FP2, setting a 2mins 5.839secs lap early on that saw him stay inside the top-ten for the majority of the session. Ultimately he was unable to improve this time and ended the day 11th in the combined times.
Norrodin, who makes his Moto2 return this weekend as stand-in for Jake Dixon, set some strong top-15 lap times early on in FP1. The Malaysian rider continued to improve his time and ended the session 28th – 2mins 8.334secs. Adam was able to better his time in FP2 by one second, as he continued to reacquaint himself with both Silverstone and the Moto2 bike. At the end of the 40 minutes his best time of 2mins 7.403secs placed him 30th.
Tomorrow’s FP3 will get underway at 10.55am local time (5.55pm MYT) for Vierge and Norrodin, with the two Moto2 Qualifying sessions due to begin at 3.10pm local time (10.10pm MYT).
“It’s really good to come back to Silverstone, as it is always really nice to ride here. It’s a pity about the temperature, but it is the same for everyone and I don’t think it is a big problem for us in Moto2. It has been a positive day, as we’ve tested many things, but I think we need to find a little bit more for tomorrow.
We were losing time in Turn 1 and Turn 2, so we need to analyse the data to understand how to improve the turning of the bike and to maintain speed in the corners. Like always, the plan will be to go directly to Q2 and start from the front rows.” – Xavi Vierge, 11th (2’05.839)
“I haven’t ridden here at Silverstone since 2018, but I am so happy to be back even though it hasn’t been easy. It has been a challenge to set up the bike in the best way, especially in the first practice, but in the middle of FP2 we managed to make a step forward. I was able to improve my time from FP1 by one second and now we’re hoping to be able to make another step tomorrow.
We still have something in the back pocket that we haven’t used yet though. For sure, I need to improve some things from my side, as well as with the set up, but I’m confident that we can do much better tomorrow.” – Adam Norrodin, 30th (2’07.403)