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Bartholemy and Van der Straten congratulate champion Rabat

Bartholemy and Van der Straten congratulate champion Rabat

Tito Rabat was crowned as the 2014 Moto2™ World Champion on Sunday, with his Team Principal Michael Bartholemy and the President of the Marc VDS Racing Team Marc van der Straten full of praise for the title winner.

After finishing on the podium in the Malaysian Moto2 race, Rabat has wrapped up the title with a race to spare and can enjoy the season finale in front of the home fans at Valencia as a World Champion.

The 25-year-old Spaniard, who has led the championship since winning the opening race in Qatar back in March, only needed to finish seventh in Malaysia to clinch the world title, but battled throughout the race with teammate Mika Kallio and eventual winner Maverick Viñales to finish third.

Rabat has dominated the Moto2 World Championship this season, winning seven races and finishing on the podium a further six times. With ten pole positions to his name in 2014 he is also the Moto2 rider with the most number of poles in a single season, a record previously held by Pol Espargaro.

The 2015 season will be the first in which the number one plate has appeared on the Moto2 grid, as Rabat will be the first champion to return and defend his crown, again with the Marc VDS Racing Team.

Team owner Van der Straten stated, “Seeing Tito Rabat step up to be crowned as the 2014 Moto2 World Champion is a memory that will stay with me. I am very proud of what he and the team have achieved this season. In 2010 we were the newcomers to the Moto2 paddock but our goal was very clear; to win the Moto2 World Championship. We came close in 2013 with Scott Redding, but this year we have dominated, not just with Tito, who is a worthy champion, but also with Mika, whose goal now is to secure second place at Valencia to give us a one-two in the championship, a feat that has not be accomplished by any team in the intermediate class since 2000. Well done Tito and well done team.”

Team Principal Bartholemy added, “Before the season I did not expect it to be like this. Tito is an extremely hard worker and I think he fits in our team because people say that over the years I push them to the limit to do what we are doing. We have worked very hard to achieve it and it’s a good combination with him.”

“Big congratulations to Tito. He is a deserving World Champion; of that there is no doubt. His hard work and commitment this year has seen him completely dominate the championship he’s led since the opening round in Qatar. Congratulations also to the team, whose commitment has easily matched that of Tito this season. Commiserations to Mika, who saw his teammate crowned champion, but its unlikely that Tito would have been so dominant this season without a rider of Mika’s calibre to push him all the way every weekend. Finally huge and heartfelt thanks to Marc van der Straten, without whose and support we wouldn’t be celebrating our first World Championship win.”

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