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Phillip Island gives flying Rabat first title shot

Phillip Island gives flying Rabat first title shot

Marc VDS Racing Team’s Tito Rabat leads the Moto2™ World Championship heading into the Tissot Australian Grand Prix, the Spaniard enjoying a 38-point lead over his teammate Mika Kallio at the head of the standings.

Rabat’s advantage increased by five points in Japan on Sunday as the championship leader finished third in the race and Kallio fifth. If Rabat wins the race in Australia and Kallio finishes fourth or further back then Rabat will take the title.

Although Rabat has never finished on the podium his excellent form this season and especially in recent weeks suggests he is more than capable of another rostrum result at round 16.

Kallio has never won at Phillip Island but has finished on the podium twice, second in the 2006 125cc race and third in the 2008 250cc race. The Finn will be doing everything he can to cling on to this title chances, even if the odds are stacked against him.

Moto3™ World Champion and intermediate class Rookie of the Year Maverick Viñales (Paginas Amarillas HP 40) – who will ride with Suzuki in MotoGP next season - is still placed third in the standings and still holds a mathematical chance of clinching the title, as he is 70 points behind Rabat. Last year he finished second in the Australian Grand Prix, just three thousandths of a second behind Alex Rins in a dramatic Moto3 photo finish.

Just behind his fourth-place compatriot Dominique Aegerter (Technomag carXpert), Luthi is currently in fifth place in this year’s championship after his impressive victory on Sunday in Japan. Luthi was on the podium in second last year at Phillip Island.

Sixth overall in the standings is Johann Zarco (AirAsia Caterham) who was just off the Motegi podium in fourth, after rostrum results at the previous two rounds.


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