Rabat and Kallio reflect on epic duel

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Rabat and Kallio reflect on epic duel
Monday, 1 September 2014

To secure victory in Sunday’s Moto2™ race at Silverstone Tito Rabat had to get the better of a titanic battle with his Marc VDS Racing teammate, Mika Kallio.

It is the third time in 2014 that the Marc VDS duo has occupied the top two steps of the podium and the victory means that Rabat has now won half of the 12 races run so far, giving him a 17 point lead over Kallio at the top of the World Championship standings.

After struggling with both the conditions and set up at Silverstone all weekend, it was a welcome win for Rabat, who was visibly relieved as he pulled up to occupy the number one slot in parc ferme post race.

For Kallio there was only disappointment, after losing out to his teammate by just 0.063s in a race he had pretty much dominated until the very closing stages. Despite putting up an aggressive defence on the final lap, the 31-year-old Finn had no answer for his equally aggressive Marc VDS teammate.

Rabat stated afterwards, “The start was normal; the first laps were neither good nor bad, but once the fuel load started to reduce then I was able to push more and more. It put me into a good fight with (Jonas) Folger, (Maverick) Viñales, (Johann) Zarco and, eventually, Mika who I managed to get the better of on the last lap.”

“I’m happy because here I wasn’t the fastest on track, as the other riders had better settings than us today. The team and me put in everything, we took all the risk and it paid off. It makes the win even more special.”

Kallio, meanwhile, reflected, “The race was a little bit how we expected today. I pushed hard from the start to try and pull away at the front, even though it’s not easy to do here at Silverstone. I managed to build up a lead of around 1.5s by the halfway point, which wasn’t too bad, but I knew that Tito would be fast at the end, like always. He dropped his lap time and started to close, so I started to push again, but I wasn’t able to improve my time.”

“At this track, once you are close enough for the slipstream, it gives you around 0.5s and you can close a gap very quickly.  I knew it was going to be a tough fight, and it was, but obviously I’m not happy with second. There’s a long way to go in the championship yet, so I’m not overly concerned about the points gap, but after today I know I maybe need to be more aggressive with Tito in the future, especially when it comes down to the two of us at the end of a race.”

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