Rabat and rivals ready for Indianapolis challenge

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Monday, 4 August 2014

An intriguing Moto2™ season resumes at the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix, with Tito Rabat leading the title battle, but with plenty of his fellow intermediate class competitors having also shown their class in the first half of the year.

Indeed, over the first nine GPs, Moto2™ wins were registered by five different riders: four for Rabat (Qatar, Argentina, Mugello and Barcelona-Catalunya), two for Mika Kallio (Jerez and Le Mans) and one each for Maverick Viñales (Circuit of the Americas), Anthony West (Assen) and Dominique Aegerter (Sachsenring).

Although the first World Championship event at Indianapolis was staged in 2008, the first intermediate class race did not come until one year later, as the scheduled inaugural edition of the 250cc race was delayed and eventually cancelled as the remnants of Hurricane Ike hit the Speedway.

Last year Rabat won the race at Indy and the Marc VDS Racing Team rider will look to extend his 19-point lead over team-mate Kallio as the title fight rages on.

The likes of Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) and Aegerter (Technomag carXpert) strive for further Grand Prix wins as they look to cut their respective 50 and 74-point deficits to Rabat at the top of the standings. In fifth place overall is experienced Italian Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing), who is still looking for his first victory in Moto2.

Aiming to outperform his Paginas Amarillas HP 40 colleague and fellow rookie Viñales at IMS is Luis Salom, who will celebrate his 23rd birthday on the Thursday before the Indianapolis Grand Prix and would love nothing more than to do so with what would be a maiden intermediate class race win on Sunday.

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