14.05.2020 | news

Xavi Vierge: My First…

That first time on a bike is one that isn’t easily forgotten. It’s the moment in time when you know that, as soon as you can, you’re going to be riding them. For some, it signals the start of a career in motorcycle racing.

We caught up with each of our riders to find out what their first biking memory was and learnt about some of their other biking firsts. PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto2 rider Xavi Vierge is the second member of the team to share their firsts…

 

First Biking Memory…

My first biking memory is from when I was six years old. On my birthday I received a Beta 50 as a present and it was amazing. I rode that bike all round the garden. From about two years old I started wishing for a bike and up until that birthday I didn’t have one so I was crazy, it was incredible.

 

First Race…

My first race was when I was eight years old in a PromoRACC 50cc with a Metrakit bike and I actually had a good result as well. I finished fourth! It was really good because at that time, and in my first races, I was wearing football shoes. My feet were small and at that time they didn’t make racing boots in the small size I needed!

 

First Podium…

My first podium was the second race of that year in Circuit d’Osona (close to Barcelona) and it was so special. I don’t remember that moment too well but my first victory was only one or two races after that and it was so special. It was in El Vendrell (Catalonia, Spain) My rival there lived only ten minutes from the track there and I thought winning would be so difficult against him. However, I took pole position, scored my first victory and in the week that followed I was still smiling from that win every day.

 

First Time on the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing Moto2 bike…

The first time I rode the Moto2 bike was last November in Jerez, it was not the best weather conditions for it as it was raining. I was really looking forward to starting to work with the team and we ended up finishing first in that test. It was the perfect way to start!

 

First Racing Hero…

My first racing hero from when I was a kid was Valentino Rossi.

 

First Racing Rivalry…

My first real racing rivalry was all the way back in the beginning, that one kid -”Xeray”- who I fought against for my first win.

 

First Racing Friendship…

My first racing friendship was actually more than just one rider. When we were kids we would race but then after we would all then play football together, everyone were friends then. Some of them didn't make it into the world championships, like “Xeray” or “Eric”, but I still have good relationships with some of them . Now though, I really get on Fabio [Quartararo], Albert Arenas, Alex Marquez and Alex Rins.

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