Vierge starts second half of season with top-ten at StyrianGP
Ninth for Xavi Vierge and 11th for Jake Dixon in Moto2 race at Spielberg
In the first Moto2 race since the end of June, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge ended the StyrianGP ninth, while Jake Dixon crossed the Spielberg finish line 11th.
Vierge, who started the StyrianGP 11th, lost one place off the line but soon made his way up into ninth by the end of the opening lap. Swiftly joined by his team-mate, he battled Dixon for tenth place until moving back up to ninth on lap 16. Defending hard against those behind, the Spaniard worked hard to not let a gap form ahead. At the chequered flag Xavi had done enough to end the StyrianGP ninth, bringing his championship points total to 57 and moving to tenth in the riders’ standings.
A strong start from 21st on the grid saw Dixon claim nine places on the opening two laps, to move into 12th, before starting a nine-lap long battle with his team-mate for tenth on lap 7. The Brit could not hold onto this position and found himself dropping back to 12th. Battling hard to stay in contention for a top-ten finish, it ultimately proved to be just out of reach and Jake crossed the line 11th. Dixon is now 20th in the championship standings with 16 points.
The Moto2 duo will remain at the Spielberg circuit, as the Grand Prix von Österreich gets underway next weekend (13-15 August).
“It was good that both riders finished in the points. We’re still missing a little bit with Xavi, but nevertheless he still finished in the top-ten. I think he had a little more in himself to do better. To be honest we needed a good result with both riders, especially with Jake to give him some confidence back. It’s been a tough weekend so far but we came back from this and he regained some feeling, which was really important. I’m happy with his performance today. To have both riders in the points is good, but we’re looking for more. We have another chance next week, so we’re going to try and make a couple of steps forward for then.” – Johan Stigefelt, Team Director
“Overall it was a good race and we made a bit of a step forward again with the bike, it was so comfortable. It wasn’t the perfect conditions to be riding in, so it was important to have this feeling with the bike and I felt like I could ride like I wanted. It was a pity because we were battling with other riders but they just had a bit more acceleration than myself, so it was difficult to overtake them. Overall I’m happy and we have another chance next week.” – Xavi Vierge, 9th (+12.747)
“Considering where we started the race, going from 21st on the grid to 11th, that was a good result. We got through to tenth but then stagnated a little bit, so that wasn’t ideal. In the end I was on the limit with the front tyre in the second half of the race, but I managed to do what I could with it. Hopefully we can improve next weekend, as we made a step forward in the race, and continue heading in the right direction.” – Jake Dixon, 11th (+13.532)