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Xavi Vierge collected his first top six finish of the season in front of his home crowd at Jerez today, while Team Estrella Galicia... Xavi Vierge secures splendid sixth in home GP, 24th for unfortunate Alex Marquez

Xavi Vierge collected his first top six finish of the season in front of his home crowd at Jerez today, while Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team-mate Alex Márquez was unluckily affected by an early collision.

Sunday’s Moto2 race, which was the 100th motorcycle Grand Prix race to be held at the Circuito de Jerez, was held in fantastic conditions with track temperatures of 40 degrees.

The 23-lap race was red flagged after just one corner of action. The luckless Alex Márquez was unable to avoid Remy Gardner, who crashed on the exit of Turn One. Indonesian rider Dimas Ekky Pratama was also involved in the incident.

The race was re-started over 15 laps, with both sides of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS garage doing a fantastic job to fix Marquez’s severely damaged machine.

Xavi Vierge
“I’m happy to finish that race in sixth position. It’s not the result that we were expecting, but anyway, after a difficult start to the season, I am satisfied with it. We arrived at Jerez, which is a difficult track for me, and from the first moment we worked so hard, focussed on the race. But I struggled a lot. We are making steps and it was really good. Today we can see the step forward. I did a good start and I was there, fighting for first position. But lap-by-lap I started to lose a little bit. We knew that it would be difficult. It was important to stay on the bike and finish to check the points that we need to improve.”

Alex Marquez
“I’m sad for the result. I think we deserved much more after such a good weekend. In the warm-up I was really fast but I had bad luck. It’s racing and sometimes it’s like this. Sometimes these things happen to you, sometimes to other riders. Every lap in every session with this bike we are going faster. I’m happy for that but sad for the result but we need to keep going. The team did an amazing job to repair the bike and because of that I finished the race, for them and the fans. Now we have a test on Tuesday. I think we’re on the right track. I have some pain. It’s an injury but it’s small. It’s more psychological pain. Physically I’m quite OK.”