After an exciting and challenging weekend in Thailand, Xavi Vierge secured eleventh place in the race on Sunday, while teammate Marcel Schrötter was kicked out of the race in the first lap.
The entire weekend on the new MotoGP racetrack, the Chang International Circuit, was more difficult than previously expected for the Dynavolt Intact GP team. Nevertheless, from the beginning onwards, Vierge enjoyed riding on the Thai circuit in front of thousands of Asian motorcycle fans.
Xavi Vierge, on the other hand, can leave Buriram with five points in his pocket. The Spaniard fought hard for any improvements over the past three days. In the race, the 21-year-old again gave everything to make up positions from the 20th starting position.
After a few crashes in front of him at the start of the 24-lap battle, he managed to leave a few riders behind him and eventually crossed the finish line in eleventh place. In the World Championship, he unfortunately slipped behind Luca Marini, who made it on the podium in Thailand, and now occupies eleventh place.
In two weeks, the Intact GP team will return to Asia to continue their work in Japan from 19th to 21st of October.
“The weekend in general was pretty tough. For the fact that it is a new track, we started quickly into FP1 and quickly found a good feeling, but then the whole weekend became difficult. We tried to improve and tried to find a solution, but nothing worked. In each session I only improved tenths by tenths and that is unusual for a new track. Of course we have no reference here. Every time you go out, you learn something new. Usually you improve quickly, but that wasn’t possible this weekend. The times we rode were similar to all the other GP’s, but we needed a completely different set-up here. I don’t understand why, but anyway, in the race I gave everything – from the first to the last lap. In the beginning I wasn’t very lucky. In the first two laps everyone crashed in front of me and I lost some positions, but when everything calmed down I tried to make up some places. But my rhythm was the same as the whole weekend. It was difficult to follow the others. Unfortunately, I couldn’t do more. I tried everything, even changed my riding style during the race and tried to understand what I had to do to improve. But nothing has changed. We are a team; we take all the information with us and try to find a solution together. We will stay positive and continue our work.”
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