Moto2: Xavi Vierge re-signs with PETRONAS for 2021 title attack

Published on September 22, 2020
By Short Shift News

Spaniard Xavi Vierge will remain with the PETRONAS Sprinta Racing season for the 2021 season after signing a one-year contract extension with Razlan Razali’s team.

Vierge will start his seventh Moto2 season next year, his second with the PETRONAS team. First bursting onto the scene in 2015, Vierge made his Moto2 debut at the 2015 American GP, held at Indianapolis, before joining the series full time in 2016, taking Rookie of the Year honours. 

Since then he has claimed three podiums along with two pole positions, although in recent seasons, he hasn’t been where we expected him to feature.

Since joining PETRONAS at the start of 2020, Vierge has racked up 15 top-ten finishes, his best result being a fourth-place finish at Malaysia 2019 and the 2020 San Marino GP.

In recent races, the 23-year-old has made progress each time he steps on the PETRONAS Kalex machine. The Spaniard was running at the front of the Emilia Romagna GP before another rider made contact with the number 97 bike, sending him into the gravel, ending his race.

Vierge’s next challenge comes from his home track in Barcelona, Catalunya over the weekend of 26th-17th September.

Johan Stigefelt – Team Manager, PETRONAS Sprinta Racing

I’m really happy to be continuing with Xavi in Moto2, as we have seen the progress he’s made since he joined the team. It’s important that he is able to continue with the same set-up for a second year. It’s also great for the team to keep a rider like Xavi, as they can start in a better position than this year: they know each other, know how they work best together, their strengths and which weaknesses to work on from the start. We have great hope for Xavi in the future and it’s a pleasure to be able to continue with him. Thank you to everyone involved and our partners for believing in this programme, let’s see what we can achieve in 2021.

Xavi Vierge – PETRONAS Sprinta Racing

Thank you so much to the team for believing in me and keeping me for another year, I am so happy. From the moment I joined I felt so comfortable with all the team and my crew; this is one of the reasons why I want to continue with them. Moto2 is a difficult class and I think staying with the same team, bike and crew will be crucial for us. This year, even though it has been a strange season, we have made progress each race, getting closer to our objectives and if we continue like this next year it will be amazing. We have made some mistakes but we learn from them and improve for the future. For now, our objective stays the same: to be in the top-five every race, to fight for podiums and victories, and then we see how we can finish this championship. Of course next year will be the same, but we want to be in the top positions every race to fight for the championship.

Featured image: PETRONAS SRT


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