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Rabat: “I thought it was a little bit dangerous”

Rabat: “I thought it was a little bit dangerous”

A dry line at the Octo British Grand Prix saw tyres fall off quickly, but Tito Rabat fought through issues to third.

Sunday’s British GP saw declared a wet race, but at mid race distance it became clear that a dry line was emerging. With the Moto2™ World Championship only running one bike, a tyre change can cost riders upwards of a whole lap in the pits, which ruled out a mid-race tyre swap. Instead Tito Rabat (Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing) was forced to battle with a degrading rear tyre, large chunks flying off as the wet tyre ripped from the track’s heat.

Fortunately for Rabat all of his rivals were forced to face a similar situation. Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) broke away but the battle for second was fierce and Rabat was in contention for much of the race. An unfortunate moment on the front end saw the 2014 Moto2™ champion drop out of the battle, Rabat settling for third as his teammate, Alex Marquez, made rapid gains on him. With 161 points Rabat slips to third in the Moto2™ World Championship standings and is three points behind Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40).

Tito Rabat: “I'm happy because yesterday I had a very bad crash and it was lucky that nothing was broken. In this morning's warm-up I had a very good feeling but in the race, once the track started to dry, I thought it was a little bit dangerous with the drying line and it was difficult to get feedback from the bike. In these conditions Johann has always been good and Álex was pushing a lot and has been performing well this weekend. Today I enjoyed the race and I only made one mistake, when the front tyre closed at the chicane when I was trying to pass Rins. After that I pushed as hard as I could on the last lap for third. I'm happy with the work that the team are doing and we can now look forward to Misano."

Tags:
Moto2, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, RAC, Tito Rabat, EG 0,0 Marc VDS

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