Xavi Vierge ends Portugal Moto2 finale in 10th
With the sun shining at Algarve International Circuit, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Xavi Vierge ended the Grande Prémio de Portugal, the final Moto2 race of the season, tenth – his eighth top-ten finish of the year.
Vierge had a good start to the Moto2 finale, moving up into the top-ten in the opening corners from 13th on the grid. The Spaniard lost two places over the next two laps, but soon found his rhythm aboard the Triumph-powered Kalex and returned to the top-ten. After closing the gap to those riders ahead, Xavi moved into eighth on lap 13.
The next task for Vierge was to close the gap to the leading pack, which stood at 2.6secs. After reducing his deficit to just over a second, Xavi was forced to defend from those behind and found himself dropping back to tenth in the closing laps. The Spaniard battled hard to try and reclaim positions but was unable to move forward and crossed the line tenth. Xavi ends the 2020 Moto2 season 10th in the championship with 79 points.
Xavi and team-mate Jake Dixon (currently recovering from right wrist surgery), who both continue with PETRONAS Sprinta Racing next year, will now have time to rest before their focus shifts to the 2021 season.
I felt so good with the bike here in Portimão today. We have maybe been missing some power in previous races, but my bike was so fast today, which meant I could battle from the first lap until the last one. We had a good rhythm so I am happy, plus we end the season in the top-ten of the final race and in the championship. Thank you so much to the team because they have done an amazing job all year. It hasn’t been an easy year with the current situation but we have worked so hard. We have had some difficult moments but I have felt their support all season. It was a pity we picked up the injury because it hampered us in the final races, when we wanted to get a better position. This was only our first year of working together, so we have a good base to start preparing for next season and we can aim to be in the top-five in 2021.