Written by William MOODY
Tech3 Racing Team rider Xavi Vierge produced a determined display under the floodlights to seize a solid top ten finish as he outlined his intentions for the 2017 Moto2 season. The young Spaniard began the sprint from 8th on the grid and quickly set into a firm and consistent pace which saw him remain in the highly competitive pack. Eventually, after pushing non-stop, Vierge met the chequered flag in 9th, but just 0.012 behind Lorenzo Baldassarri after a nail-biting dash to the flag. Meanwhile, Remy Gardner’s race debut on the Mistral 610 was unfortunately cut short after another rider hit him on the frantic opening lap. Nevertheless, the young Australian will seek to fully bounce back at the next round in Argentina in a fortnight.