05.09.2019 | news
Xavi Vierge joins expanded PETRONAS Sprinta Racing for 2020
Spanish rider will make the move to enlarged PETRONAS Sprinta Racing squad for 2020 Moto2 World Championship
Three-time Moto2 podium finisher and former European Moto2 championship runner-up Xavi Vierge will join a two-rider PETRONAS Sprinta Racing line-up for 2020, in the squad’s third year of contesting the Moto2 World Championship.
Vierge, 22, from Barcelona, Spain, was most recently on the podium in Argentina and Australia last season where he finished second and third respectively. Next year will be his fifth full season of Moto2 on the international stage.
The 2020 Moto2 season will get underway in March next year, with the opening round at the Qatar Grand Prix provisionally scheduled for 8th March.
Razlan Razali - Team Principal
“For PETRONAS Sprinta Racing the signing of Xavi Vierge is an exciting development. Firstly, he is a quick and well-proven rider who is capable of regular podium performances. Secondly, he will be one of two riders for us in Moto2 as we expand our squad. PETRONAS Sepang Racing Team will have two riders each in Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP next year. We know it’s been a tough Moto2 season for us in 2019 and we’re hoping that Khairul Idham Pawi will be fully recovered and racing alongside Xavi next season.”
Johan Stigefelt - Team Director
“We’ve brought Xavi into the team as we know he’s a fast rider and we believe he will be able to help us achieve better results in Moto2. Xavi has a lot of experience, and we think he will flourish within our set-up. He’s the right rider to help us grow together in this category and will be the perfect team leader for our two-bike squad next year. This year has been a difficult season for us in Moto2, but with two bikes and a rider of Xavi’s calibre on one of them, we’re expecting better things from 2020.”
“I’m really happy and I can’t wait to get started with the project. PETRONAS Sprinta Racing are amazing; they’re already fighting for wins in Moto3 and MotoGP and I hope I can add Moto2 to that list next year. The potential is really high, I know a lot of the crew, and I feel like they already believe that we can win together. I’m very thankful for everyone who helped make this opportunity happen and I can’t wait to get started. The first target will be to complete really strong winter tests so we can start in Qatar ready to compete for the top positions. The team have the right attitude and I know we can do well.”