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Multiple crashes and a drop in confidence lead to a difficult Qatar Test for Tito Rabat, the rookie left uncertain over the cause.
After steady progress made in both Sepang and Phillip Island, Qatar proved to be somewhat of a roadblock for Tito Rabat. The lone MotoGP™ World Championship rookie suffered multiple crashes, the worst occurring on the first day and sapping his confidence. The following two days of testing saw the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider attempt to rebuild his confidence, crashing again in the process. The main issue with these crashes was that Rabat and his team were unsure of why they occurred. This left Rabat 17th on the time sheets and over two seconds off the fastest time.
Rabat now returns to Spain for his team launch and for one last chance to train before the season starts on the 20th of March in Qatar. This will offer both he and his team a chance to search for answers, though all involved are expecting a difficult start to the season.
Tito Rabat: “The test in Qatar got off to a bad start with a big crash on day one, with no warning from the bike at all. On the second day I didn’t want to push too much and risk another big crash and the possibility of injuring myself, but the bike felt better. On the final day I started to build a bit more confidence and the lap time came quite easily, but as soon as I started to push, even just a little bit, I crashed again with no warning. The bike was telling me nothing; one minute I was upright and the next I was down. I don’t know what caused the change between day two and day three, but today was much more difficult. Now we need to work on some ideas to try when we return here for the race, because if we don’t find some improvements it will be an incredibly tough start to the season.”
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