English Dutch German French

Nieuws

GP of Australia

Geplaatst door Marieke Oord (marieke) op Oct 29 2018
Nieuws >>

Vierge celebrates third place after incredible thriller in Australia

In the Australia Grand Prix, Xavi Vierge led an ultra-exciting battle for the podium and was rewarded with the third place, while Marcel Schrötter was unlucky and had to start from the last place on the grid.

On a sunny Sunday at Phillip Island, the Australian spectators witnessed an exciting Moto2 race in which Xavi Vierge played a vital role in the battle for victory.
 
The Spaniard led the 25-lap race most of the time but could never really leave his rivals behind. After pole setter Mattia Pasini crashed in the second lap, he had to defend himself against hard attacking manoeuvres. From lap 12, the Intact GP rider led the Moto2 field again ahead of Brad Binder and Lorenzo Baldassari. The Italian finally crashed after a few risky attacks, yet it remained undecided until the very last lap. When Binder and Joan Mir managed to get ahead of the field, Xavi Vierge came to the finish line in fourth behind Augusto Fernandez and finally took the third place from the slipstream with a lead of only 0.008 seconds.
 
This was the second podium of the year for Xavi Vierge after finishing second in Argentina. The Catalan made a huge leap from eleventh to eighth place in the championship ranking, just five points behind team mate Marcel Schrötter.
 
With high probability, the German would have also been involved in the podium fight at Phillip Island, but unfortunately it came in differently. To start the warm-up lap, the 25-year-old took the second place in row one, but then his Kalex didn't start. He had to follow the field from pit lane and start the Australian GP from the last starting position. When he was on the way to catching up to the leading group, he made a mistake and unfortunately lost too much time to be able to close the gap again. At the end, Marcel Schrötter took ninth place, defending his seventh place in the championship.
 
Next weekend, the Dynavolt Intact GP duo will already be scoring points again in Malaysia from 2nd - 4th November.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Race
1. Brad BINDER / RSA / KTM
2. Joan MIR / SPA / KALEX
3. Xavi VIERGE / SPA / KALEX
9. Marcel SCHROTTER / GER / KALEX
 
Moto2 World Championship
1. BAGNAIA Francesco / ITA / 288
2. OLIVEIRA Miguel / POR / 252
3. BINDER Brad / RSA / 193
4. BALDASSARRI Lorenzo / ITA / 152
5. MIR Joan / SPA / 149
6. MARQUEZ Alex / SPA / 148
7. SCHROTTER Marcel / GER / 131
8. VIERGE Xavi / SPA / 126
9. MARINI Luca / ITA / 122
10. QUARTARARO Fabio / FRA / 117
11. PASINI Mattia / ITA / 115
12. LECUONA Iker / SPA / 60
13. NAVARRO Jorge / SPA / 55
14. LOWES Sam / GBR / 48
15. CORSI Simone / ITA / 47
 
Team Classification
1. RED BULL KTM AJO / 445
2. SKY RACING TEAM VR46 / 410
3. EG 0,0 MARC VDS / 297
4. DYNAVOLT INTACT GP / 257
5. PONS HP40 / 199
6. ITALTRANS RACING TEAM / 156
7. MB CONVEYORS - SPEED UP / 126
8. SWISS INNOVATIVE INVESTO / 108
9. FEDERAL OIL GRESINI MOTO / 55
10. TASCA RACING SCUDERIA M / 47
11. KIEFER RACING / 40
12. TECH 3 RACING / 31
13. IDEMITSU HONDA TEAM ASIA / 24
14. SAG TEAM / 16
15. MARINELLI SNIPERS TEAM / 14
16. FORWARD RACING TEAM / 8
17. NTS RW RACING GP / 6
18. PETRONAS SPRINTA RACING / 1
 
Xavi Vierge
I felt very good in the first laps and I tried to stay in front because in the race at this track you can be first on the straight and then sixth in first corner. Every time riders passed me and then I tried to pass again. It's a pity because when I had the touch with Lecuona, I needed to push really hard not to go too wide and off the track. That's when I started to get problems with the rear tyre in the left corners. I had a lot of spin and for that reason in the last part, I lost too much time. Anyway, I think we still made a good job. The last laps were crazy. Everybody tried to pass and we touched a lot but finally we achieved a podium. I fought for the victory but in the end it wasn't possible. We are there and it is a very positive result and now we only have two races to go. We try to stay in the same level and fight with the top. We will try to start Malaysia like this weekend, the feeling and everything was good. We need to make a lot of laps to find a good rhythm. We hope to be able to fight for the victory again but like always, we need to work hard for it.
 
Marcel Schrötter
No one really knows why the bike didn't start. These starting problems are common in Moto2, also in practice, as seen yesterday with Oliveira. It hasn't happened to us in a long time. Something like that happens rarely or even never in practice and for it to happen in the race is just really bad luck and very disappointing. You can't blame anyone as you hardly have control over it. You try to keep the problem and the risk as low as possible, but it happens. If you start from the back then you think differently. It's a completely different race, you have nothing to lose, the pressure drops, but then you want to prove it all the more and I've tried to do that. I think I was on a good way, but then I made a mistake because I had a problem with the transmission again, as it wouldn't go into gear. That happened in one of the fastest corners, at the end of the start/finish straight. Thank god I stayed on the track. Of course I lost a lot of time. I was four or five seconds slower in that lap. Had I not lost those four seconds, I would have been somewhere in the middle of the front group. Even with this starting position, we could have achieved even more, but the one mistake just happened. Nevertheless, we had a good race weekend again and I am sure that if we continue like this, it will work out again on a Sunday.
 
Jürgen Lingg
It was truly a great race from Xavi. He really fought to the last meters and was rewarded with his podium. It was a very exciting race, everything was possible. He did a really good job, hats off. That was very good and it can go on like that. For Marcel it was a great pity, because he had the same pace as you could see from the lap times. Unfortunately, the bike did not start going into the warm-up lap, something like that can always happen, you'll see it ever now and then, now it happened to us. This is of course very annoying, but we have to check this off and focus on Malaysia. The bike will surely start again and then we'll make up for it.
 
Source: www.intactgp.de
 
 
 
Terug

Archief