Both Dynavolt Intact GP riders started the second half of the season with a solid top ten result. Xavi Vierge led a strong battle in the leading group in the Czech Grand Prix, finishing in fifth position, while Marcel Schrötter followed shortly behind in seventh place.
In Warm-Up on Sunday morning, Xavi Vierge was able to make the final positive set-up changes with his team for the upcoming 19-lap race. The 21-year-old had a rocket start and arrived in the first corner as third. From that moment on the Spaniard fought in the top group. Only when he could no longer intervene in the battle for the podium with a decreasing front tyre, he tried to keep his fifth place and finally crossed the finish line only three seconds behind the final winner and new championship leader, Miguel Oliveira.
Xavi defended his seventh place in the World Championship and after 10 out of 19 races and 90 championship points, he is now only 23 points away from the overall top-3.
“The race was not easy. At the beginning of the weekend we were working hard and yesterday in Qualifying finally we made a good step and a good job during this weekend. We were working only for the race and today’s 5th is the result. We miss something for the last part of the race. The final four laps it was a shame because I tried to keep up, but my front tyre was finished. At the end I wanted to safe 5th position. Everyone is very strong in Moto2, if you loose half a second you are 20th. The level gets higher every year and the races are difficult from the first until the last lap. I’m happy with today’s race, we missed only three seconds to the victory. This is a good way to start the second half of the season.”
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