18.10.2020 | news

Dixon takes best Moto2 race result to date at Aragón

Jake Dixon takes fourth at MotorLand Aragón; Xavi Vierge 16th

After the disappointment of Le Mans, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing’s Jake Dixon put in a mature performance to end the Aragon GP with his best Moto2 race result to date: fourth. Team-mate Xavi Vierge rode through the pain to finish 16th.

 

Dixon had a great start and was battling for second place in the opening corner, but ran wide and maintained his fourth position in the first lap. Although the Brit slipped back a couple of places, Jake got his head down and was able to recover to fifth, pulling away from those riders behind. Dixon then chose to control his pace to ensure he finished in a career-best fourth.

 

Team-mate Vierge had an impressive opening lap, moving up six places into 14th. The Spaniard battled the pain in both feet to maintain position inside of the top-15 for the majority of the 21 laps. Xavi unfortunately couldn’t keep the same pace in the closing stages of the race, with his injuries continuing to cause discomfort, and slipped back to finish in 16th.

 

There will be no rest for the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto2 riders, as they prepare for the final event in the October triple header: the Gran Premio de Teruel (23-25 October).

 

Johan Stigefelt

Finally we had a solid finish with Jake, after last week we really wanted to come back and show how strong our pace is. All weekend both Jake and the team have done a great job; they are just getting stronger and stronger. This top-four result will give them a boost for next week, when we are racing here again. He was controlling his race and did a really good job today; again the crew were fantastic.

 

It has been a very tough week for Xavi, with his injuries from Le Mans. It is a struggle because he has to compensate for the injuries to his body, but he has done what he could today. He had a great start and was inside the top-15 for a long time, but then he couldn’t keep the strength and fell back to finish outside the points. It was a huge effort from Xavi and I hope next week he will be a little fitter.

 

Jake Dixon

Unfortunately I wasn’t on the podium, but it’s my best result to date! I struggled a little to go with the race leaders, but about mid-race I was able to stabilise the gap they’d created. I started to chip away at [Jorge] Martin and [Enea] Bastianini, but I ran out of tyres. I was a bit conservative as I didn't know how hard to go or how much of the tyres to use, but this is knowledge I have now for the next race here. Compared to where we were at the beginning of the weekend, I didn’t expect this result. I’m really happy though, especially as it’s only my second time at this track and I want to thank the team for their hard work. I can’t wait for next week and hopefully we can go one step better.

 

Xavi Vierge

It was a really hard weekend but we needed to try. I had a good start but after seven or eight laps I didn’t have enough power with my feet. In the left corners I was unable to maintain the best position on the bike, so I was losing a lot of speed on these corners. I lost some positions at the end but I’m proud because six days ago in Le Mans I crashed and injured myself, but now I've finished a race. It wasn’t a target result but we worked together to gather data for next weekend, hopefully we will be a bit better for then.

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