Solid race to 22nd for Xavi Vierge at Sepang
Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge produced a solid effort today as he completed the 17th round of the Moto2 World Championship in 22nd.
The 18 year old Spaniard lined up in 25th on the grid for the 19 lap battle and leapt into action when the GP began. He moved up two positions at the close of the first lap as he quickly set into his race pace and by the second lap he was running in 22nd.
Vierge continued to muscle his way through to the front of the group and clinched 19th shortly after. He then lost a position, but carried on his solid pace as he locked his sights on the rider in front. The CEV race winner lapped consistently around the 5.5 kilometre circuit and at just past the midway point, he was in 20th.
As the race distance progressed in the GP at the Sepang International Circuit, which the young Spaniard was competing at for the first time, Vierge slipped back one position. Yet, he remained fully focused and gave his all before crossing the line in 22nd place.
The end result marks another weekend of constant improvement for the young Spaniard and leaves him confident ahead of the final round at Valencia, which is finally a familiar track for him.
“It goes without saying that it was a very tricky race for me but I am happy that I could finish it. Yesterday when I completed the qualifying, my feeling with the Mistral was very good and I had a solid rhythm which left me confident for the race today. However, in the event itself, the sensations on the bike were just not quite the same due to the conditions. It was challenging in every lap, so I tried to change my riding style and I did my best to adapt, but no matter what I tried, I felt no improvement. Therefore , I just focused on finishing the race halfway through, as I need to learn as much as possible this year. I gave my all right until the chequered flag, but in the last corner Raffin touched me, yet I luckily caught the bike and crossed the line. It was really tough today, but I will stay confident for Valencia. I want to say thanks to the team for their great work and hopefully we can have a much more positive time in Spain at the final round.”