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Rabat edging in front and aiming to please Spanish fans

Rabat edging in front and aiming to please Spanish fans

Tito Rabat has seized the initiative in the Moto2™ title fight over the last three rounds and he will push to extend his winning run in front of the Spanish fans at the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon this weekend.

Rabat returns to Aragon as the Moto2 standings leader, fresh from his third successive victory last time out at Misano. The Marc VDS Racing Team rider now holds a 22-point lead over his team-mate Mika Kallio, having beaten the Finn into second place in each of the last three races.

Indeed, at Misano Rabat became just the third rider - along with Toni Elias and Marc Marquez - to score three or more successive wins in the Moto2 class.

Meanwhile, although Kallio has won only three Grands Prix in comparison with Rabat’s seven, both riders have failed to finish on the podium in only four races thus far. Kallio has now finished on the rostrum at the last six events, dating back to Assen and can be expected to challenge Rabat again at round 14.

Third in the standings is Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40), who is the only rider other than Rabat and Kallio who still maintains a mathematical possibility of winning the 2014 Moto2 title. The Spaniard was just off the podium in fourth place at Misano and will go in search of his sixth rostrum result of an impressive rookie campaign.

As Simone Corsi (NGM Forward Racing) missed the Moto2™ race at Misano, Dominique Aegerter became the only rider with a 100% appearance record in all 81 Moto2 races since the class was introduced in 2010. Aegerter sits fourth in the standings, with Corsi in sixth.

Unfortnately, Corsi will again sit out the Aragon weekend, substituted for again by Florian Marino as he continues to recover from the arm injury he sustained at Silverstone.

Last year in Aragon, Nico Terol (Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2) celebrated a commanding victory from pole position. Terol, who will turn 26 on the day of qualifying, will continue his return from muscle fatigue problems suffered earlier in the season.

Courtesy of Rabat’s victory at Misano, Kalex is already the Moto2™ Constructors’ World Champion of 2014. Although second-placed Suter can match Kalex’s points tally of 315, the latter would still claim the title by virtue of a greater number of race victories. 


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