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Rabat: “In the first laps I had no feeling with the front”

Rabat: “In the first laps I had no feeling with the front”

Tito Rabat digs deep at the Gran Premio TIM di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini to fight back to second.

The start of the San Marino GP saw Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS Racing’s Tito Rabat struggle immensely with front-end feel, losing contact with the front pack after just a few laps. As the likes of Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) and Alex Rins (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) broke away, Rabat was forced to dig deep. When his tyres got up to temperature and the fuel load lightened, the 2014 Moto2™ World Champion saw his confidence return and he began to push back towards the podium. With six laps to go he set about hunting down Takaaki Nakagami (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia) for second.

Within just three laps Rabat passed the Japanese rider for second and focused on opening up a gap, by this stage Zarco was over four seconds ahead and uncatchable. Rabat leaves Misano having gained 20 points, for a total of 181 in the 2015 Moto2™ World Championship. His closest rival, Alex Rins, had an unfortunate race filled with incident and was unable to score any points. This leaves Rabat with a comfortable 17-point lead over the rookie. Rabat and the rest of the Moto2™ field will remain in Misano on Monday for a test before heading to Aragon for the last European race before the paddock heads to Asia.

Tito Rabat: “I don't know why but in the first laps I had no feeling with the front. This didn't happen in practice or qualifying and all weekend I was full in turn 11 but I had to close today. After a few laps with the fuel load going down I was able to push harder, it wasn't like in qualifying or free practice but it was close. I was able to make some overtaking moves on other riders and we tried everything we could, but it looks like we needed an extra step to stay with both Johann and Álex Rins, who is also very strong now. We will work at the test here tomorrow to try and find more corner speed to match that of Johann, and we will once again be pushing for the victory in my home Grand Prix at Aragon."

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Moto2, 2015, GRAN PREMIO TIM DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, RAC, Tito Rabat, EG 0,0 Marc VDS

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