11.02.2020 | news
Successful Jerez test for Vierge and Dixon
PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto2 riders Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon complete the first two days testing in 2020 at Jerez.Ahead of the official Jerez Moto2™ Test next week, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing have enjoyed a successful two days of private testing at the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto, with riders Xavi Vierge and Jake Dixon racking up 282 laps between them over both days.
Graced with good weather at the Spanish circuit, Vierge was able to focus on testing a variety of parts from Kalex to further refine the chassis of his Triumph-powered machine. Xavi was able to complete 64 laps yesterday with a best time of 1min 42.080secs, while today saw the Spaniard improve on that time with a 1min 41.721secs best time from 67 laps.
For team-mate Dixon, the private test provided the Brit with a chance to further adapt his riding style to the Kalex package, which is new to him this year. Making sure to get as many kilometres under his belt as possible, Jake was among the riders who completed the most laps yesterday (82) before adding another 69 to that total today. At the end of today his best lap time was a 1min 42.174secs.
In just under one week PETRONAS Sprinta Racing will be back at the Circuito de Jerez - Angel Nieto for the first official Moto2 pre-season test of 2020, which will take place over three days (19-21 February).
It has been a great test; finally we have been able to work properly with both riders. Xavi and his side of the garage have been working through a lot of things with the bike these past two days and we also had a new front tyre from Dunlop, which was very different. Yesterday was difficult until we found the best way for this tyre to work but we leave the test very pleased. The average times are great and we also made a positive time attack, which was important. With Jake it was more about learning the bike and the team. Every outing he improved and they made steps forward and improved the bike. In the end Jake was very happy with the bike, but we still need to go further in the direction that we’re working. It was a very positive two days, we leave the test happy and we are looking forward to next week when we’re back here.
The winter was so long but finally I could ride my bike and I’m really happy with the feeling that I have from the very beginning. The most important thing we tried was the new front tyres from Dunlop because they are different to last year. We worked really well and we found a really positive feeling with all the front tyres and I’m really happy with that. Kalex has done an amazing job with the new chassis and swingarm and, immediately when I tried it, it already feels much better than last year. I’m so satisfied with the work we did because in these two days we worked a lot on the race pace, we did a half race simulation and the feeling was so good.
We’re adapting from another manufacturer to the Kalex and it’s been harder than what I’ve expected. Obviously having a new crew to understand me, for me to understand the bike and then put everything together in two days is difficult. I think we did a lot of laps yesterday, about 82, and then I think we did around 70 laps today, so we’ve done a lot of laps to adapt. There’s more that’s going to come from me than anything else and I’m going to go away now between these two tests and do my homework to see where I can improve the most. We’ve got another three days in Jerez and then three days in Qatar to make sure that we’re well prepared. I’m starting to really understand what I need to do come round one though.