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Rabat: “I got pushed out wide when Rins crashed into me”

Rabat: “I got pushed out wide when Rins crashed into me”

Tito Rabat finished on the podium for the first time this season after clashing with Alex Rins on the final corner at Jerez.

Rabat made a lightning start to lead the field into the first corner, quickly pulling away from the majority of his rivals. Only Jonas Folger was able to match the early pace of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 rider, with the German eventually pushing past to take the lead with 17 laps to go.

Rabat stalked Folger for the remainder of the race, but with both front and rear grip starting to drop off he was unable to mount a challenge for the win. The reigning Moto2 World Champion looked set to finish a safe second, but was pushed wide at the final turn when Alex Rins got in too hot and crashed into the side of Rabat’s bike, allowing Zarco through. 

Tito Rabat:
“The start was good and I was able to pull away from all but Folger, but towards the middle of the race the grip from the front and the rear started to drop off and it wasn’t possible to follow him. I knew that Rins and Zarco were closing on the final lap, so I was ready to defend my position, but I got pushed out wide when Rins crashed into me at the final turn and I wasn’t able to get on the gas early enough to hold off Zarco for second. I’m happy enough; it’s my first podium this season and we’ve made a good step with the bike, for which I thank the team, but we need to work more now to improve the bike from midrace distance on.”

Moto2, 2015, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Tito Rabat, EG 0,0 Marc VDS

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