Xavi Vierge ends Moto2 race at Silverstone eighth; Adam Norrodin retires with arm pump

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PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge ended the BritishGP with more valuable championship points, having crossed the Silverstone finish line eighth. Adam Norrodin, stand-in for Jake Dixon, was forced to retire from the race due to arm pump.

A good start to the Moto2 race saw Vierge gain one place off the line, but he found himself back in his original ninth place by the end of the first lap. Quick to regain the position, the Spaniard increased his pace at the halfway point in an attempt to close on the riders ahead. In the end it proved to be a gap too far for him to overcome, with Xavi experiencing a lack of grip in the final laps. Vierge leaves Silverstone tenth in the world championship standings with 67 points.

Maintaining his 29th position in the first lap of the race, Norrodin was able to stay with the main pack throughout the opening stages of the race and battle for position. The Malaysian, who was still adjusting to being back in the intermediate class, began to struggle with arm pump and was unable to maintain his pace. On lap 13 Adam made the decision to enter the pits and retire from the race.

Next up for PETRONAS Sprinta Racing will be two back-to-back GPs, which will start with the Gran Premio de Aragon (10-12 September).

Xavi Vierge
8th (+12.842)

It has been a solid race for us today, although of course I would have liked to have finished higher than eighth. It was a difficult weekend with the temperatures and it has been two years since we were last here. We still had a good race pace for the majority of it and we were able to score some good points for the championship standings. I’m happy about that, so thanks so much to the team because we improved a lot during the weekend. Let’s continue like this to fight for the top positions in the next race, when we head to Aragon.

Adam Norrodin
DNF (+6 laps)

This is actually the first time that I have never finished a race and it was a really tough decision to retire from today’s one. I was struggling with arm pump and it meant that I was not able to push properly. I felt it for a lot of laps and was pushing to my limit but then in the final corner I wasn’t able to use the brake properly. At this point I decided it was best to stop, because it would have been dangerous for me and the other riders. I have learnt so much this weekend and it has been a fantastic experience to be back in the world championship. Thank you to the team for all their support.

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