Full name: Xavi Vierge Zafra
Date of birth: 30th April 1997
Place of birth: Barcelona, España
Height: 1.74 m
Weight: 66 kg
Xavi Vierge was one of those kids that just couldn’t sit still. His rev counter only dropped when, at the age of 3, he sat quietly in front of the television and to watch motorcycle races. From then on, his only objective was to have a bike of his own and by the age of six he had one.
Our number 97 cut his teeth in the grassroots racing scene in Spain, eventually progressing to the Moto3 CEV in 2012.
In 2014 he made the step up to Moto2 and finished fourth in the championship, but it was the following year when his career really took off, with six victories in the FIM CEV, finishing runner-up overall, and making his debut in the Moto2 World Championship when the Tech3 team picked him up to replace Ricky Cardús for the second half of the season. The Catalan proved his talent and the French outfit signed him up for the next two seasons.
Xavi justified their faith, winning the 2016 Rookie of the Year title and then taking his first podium in 2017, finishing second in the Grand Prix of Japan at Motegi to finish his second season in eleventh position in the championship, on 98 points.
In 2018 Xavi switched to the Dynavolt Intact GP team and took another step forward in his career, picking up more podiums with a second place in Argentina and a third in Australia, as well as a maiden pole position – also in Argentina.
For 2019, Xavi joins up with Team Estrella Galicia 00 Marc VDS with the clear objective of fighting for victories and – why not? - the Moto2 World Championship title.
- First Grand Prix: Indianapolis 2015
- First Grand Prix podium: 2017 Japan GP – Second position (Moto2)
- Podiums: 3 (all in Moto2)
- Poles Positions: 1
Riding style: Aggressive
Rider of note: Marc Márquez, for the way he is able to overcome any situation or problem.
Favourite circuit: Phillip Island. I love the layout because it is fast and the location is stunning.
Favourite corner: Turn 13 at Valencia. It’s a fast corner with a change of direction just before it, which allows you to play around with the throttle and slide the bike.
Best race: Argentina 2018. After running with the front group, I made a mistake and lost contact. However, I was able to catch back up with them and fight for the win until the final corner.
Superstitions: Under my leathers, I wear some medals with angels on that I have had since I started racing.
Personal: “No Pain, No Gain”. Nothing is easy. If you have an objective you have to work towards it every day because nobody is going to give you anything for free.
Season objective: To fight at the front from start to finish.
Tools to achieve it: The good preparation I have been doing since the end of last season and of course my super team!