Cautious standings leader Rabat comes home eighth

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Sunday, 29 June 2014

Tito Rabat rode intelligently to finish eighth at Assen, in a race that saw several riders crash in changing track conditions.

Heavy rain ahead of the race saw the start of the Moto2™ Dutch TT delayed for 20 minutes, with the riders eventually starting on wet tyres, as there was standing water on some parts of the circuit, despite the sun and wind conspiring to dry the track rapidly.

Rabat’s afternoon got off to a difficult start when he crashed on a damp patch at turn eight on his way to the grid. The 25 year-old Spaniard managed to get his Kalex machine back to the pit box, where his mechanics took advantage of the delayed start to make running repairs.

In the fully wet conditions at the start of the race pole man Rabat was looking strong, but as the track dried he started to lose the feeling with the bike and, with riders crashing all around him, opted to play it safe and take the points for eighth place.

“I made a pretty good start and I was competitive in the first part of the race,” he said afterwards. “In the rain I had a good feeling with the bike and I was able to push, which was good for me. But later, when a dry line started to appear, it was really difficult for me to keep the line and to match the speed of the other riders. From that point I just tried to do my best and pick up as many points as I could. The crash as I went to the grid for the first time caused some damage to the bike, but the team did a great job to get it fixed and ready for the race, so many thanks to them.”

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