Xavi Vierge kick-started the round four fight by speeding to 3rd at the end of the opening day of action in Andalucía. Rain soaked... Superb start to home GP weekend for Xavi Vierge

Xavi Vierge kick-started the round four fight by speeding to 3rd at the end of the opening day of action in Andalucía. Rain soaked the track in the morning practice, but Vierge battled against the tricky conditions to finish 7th.

Then, in the afternoon, the asphalt dried and the Spaniard built up his pace before setting his personal best as the chequered flag dropped.

Xavi Vierge
Position: 3rd – Time: 1’43.279 – Laps: 19

“The first day went well in Jerez and I am looking forward to tomorrow. In FP1 the conditions were wet, however, I felt comfortable and we managed to improve with every lap. The practice itself was not very interesting, but I pushed on and finished 7th. However, then the sun returned as did the dry conditions that we expect, here so I started FP2 with a hard tyre and the feeling with the bike was immediately good. After that, I used the soft compound on the second run and we tried a new setting on the Mistral, which really boosted us, and every lap I made a step forward before I set the solid lap time. I am happy to start the weekend with a P3 finish, but I still have a lot of work in front of me which we need to complete in order to advance tomorrow and continue this momentum.”