Rabat seeks to maintain championship advantage

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Monday, 12 May 2014

As the Moto2™ riders head to Le Mans this week for the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France it is Spanish rider Tito Rabat who remains as the title favourite and standings leader after four rounds.

In truth Rabat had a somewhat difficult weekend at Jerez last time out with engine failure hindering his Saturday progress and a race performance which saw his miss the podium for the first time in 2014. He will be keen to bounce back with a strong result in France.

Rabat leads the championship by 16 points from Marc VDS Racing Team colleague and Jerez race winner Mika Kallio who will arrive at Le Mans full of confidence.

Finnish rider Kallio secured victory at round four with a dominant ride from pole, for his first win since Brno last year and he has the experience required to keep the pressure on Rabat over the course of the season. Kallio was second in last year’s French Moto2 contest.

Behind those two in the standings is Moto3™ World Champion Maverick Viñales who has made an impact since graduating to the intermediate class, with his stunning Austin win and two further top five finishes. The talented young Spaniard will shoot for the podium again in France, with his Pons HP 40 colleague Luis Salom – currently eighth in the standings – looking to at least match his results in the coming weeks.

With the same tally of championship points thus far is Dominique Aegerter

(Technomag carXpert) who appears to be maturing continually, with two podiums to his name already this season. He is sure to be a threat once more at Le Mans.

Rounding out the current championship top ten going into round five are Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing), Thomas Luthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2), Xavier Simeon (Federal Oil Gresini Moto2), the aforementioned Salom, Sandro Cortese (Dynavolt Intact GP) and Anthony West (QMMF Racing Team).

Nicolas Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2) and Josh Herrin (AirAsia Caterham) are set to return from their respective recent injuries and both will be aiming to get their campaigns back on track after difficult starts to the year.

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