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Rabat underlines title credentials with third win of season

Rabat underlines title credentials with third win of season

Tito Rabat strengthened his position at the top of the Moto2™ World Championship standings with a perfect weekend at Mugello.

The 25 year-old Spaniard started from pole position and posted a new lap record on the way to his third win of the season. After chasing down early leaders Jonas Folger and Luis Salom, Rabat clinched victory to extend his championship lead over his Marc VDS Racing Team colleague Mika Kallio to 22 points.

“I’m very happy with the win,” commented Rabat. “I made a good start, but then I touched with Salom and that allowed him and Folger to get away at the front. But I was able to bridge the gap and then I had a fantastic battle at the front of the race, before eventually working my way through into the lead and pulling enough of a gap to stop them slipstreaming past me on the straight.”

“It’s good to win before going back to Spain for my home race in two weeks but, in terms of the championship, it’s just another race and there are many more to go yet. Now we must focus on the test here at Mugello on Tuesday, so we can go to the next race and try and win again.”

Marc VDS Racing Team Principal Michael Bartholemy was clearly impressed with his rider’s performance and added, “If anyone doubted that Tito Rabat has a stranglehold on this championship at the moment, then this weekend has proved them wrong. He had the perfect weekend with pole position, a new lap record and he now heads for the Catalunya race with a bigger lead in the championship and the confidence that this brings.”

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