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Rabat wins again as Kallio settles for second

Rabat wins again as Kallio settles for second

Tito Rabat extended his Moto2™ World Championship lead at Brno on Sunday by winning for the fifth time this season. In a Marc VDS Racing Team one-two finish, Mika Kallio limited the damage by finishing second, but admitted that his Spanish team-mate was too quick on the day.

Rabat won from pole position to increase his lead in the standings from seven to 12 points, which also signaled his first podium finish since winning in Barcelona.

“It was go, go, go, go right from the beginning in order to keep the concentration,” the Spaniard explained after the race. “After that, it started to rain and they didn’t stop the race. It really was raining and it was a little bit dangerous, but it dried up after those two or three laps. The gear shifting was not so good but all of the bikes had problems this weekend. The team did the best possible job and we really enjoyed the day.”

Finishing second, Kallio admitted that his collision with Robin Mulhauser (Technomag carXpert) at the end of Sunday morning’s Warm-Up had influenced proceedings.

“Not the main target, of course, after winning in Indy,” the Finn began of second place. “We thought we could repeat the win, especially because I won here last year. Something wasn’t the same as last year; the feeling on the bike was not…[pause] I was not completely satisfied. I was missing something with the front tyre, which is why I crashed in qualifying.

“Then the crash in the Warm-Up with the other guy bad in the sense that we were then really busy to repair the bike for the race and that disturbed the concentration. Saying that, I think we can be quite satisfied with second place; I tried to push Tito because I knew he would pull away from the first corner, but it was impossible to catch him.”

Seven races remain across the season, beginning with the Hertz British Grand Prix at Silverstone on the final weekend of August.

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