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Xavi Vierge signed this year off with a solid seventh position in the season finale at Valencia as Alex Márquez crashed out of fifth... Strong seventh place finish for Xavi Vierge in Valencia, 30th for champion Alex Marquez

Xavi Vierge signed this year off with a solid seventh position in the season finale at Valencia as Alex Márquez crashed out of fifth place after starring in a great comeback.

The 19th and final Moto2 race of 2019 got underway at a later time of 11:50 due to a multiple rider crash in the earlier Moto3 outing. As a result of this 30-minute delay, the race was reduced from 25 laps to 16.

The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team-mates Xavi Vierge and Alex Márquez made excellent starts from the fourth and fifth rows respectively to contest fifth place in the race.

Alex Marquez
“I tried my best today. First of all I want to say sorry to the team. Today I did a mistake and this weekend I was not at my 100 percent. Also it was difficult to control everything and the situation. Anyway I think I did my best in the race. I enjoyed it and this was my main target. We came from 15th to fifth. I was already enjoying it from the first corner of the first lap. It was so nice to be on the bike today, riding in front of my fans. Sadly I did a mistake. I was turning into the corner and I lost the front. But I was giving my 110 percent. Thanks again to the team for giving me the best bike, as always, in Sunday’s race. I want to enjoy this moment. It’s been an unbelievable year. As a team, it’s what we have dreamed of since preseason. We are world champions and I can’t forget this.”

Xavi Vierge
“We can say that I’m really happy with the end of the year. Today I enjoyed the race a lot. Of course we want more. But it was a difficult year so to finish the last two races like this was incredible for me and the team. They continued to push me and help me until the last race. I want to thank them for this opportunity and their hard work through the year.”