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Rabat: “I need to be just as fast at these tracks”

Rabat: “I need to be just as fast at these tracks”

Reigning Moto2™ World Champion Tito Rabat identifies Assen as one of the circuits he struggles with ahead of the Dutch GP.

Reigning Moto2 World Champion Tito Rabat heads into this weekend’s Dutch TT at Assen confident that he can fight for his second win of the season, after completing a successful two-day test at the Motorland Aragon circuit last week.

Assen is one of only two tracks on the calendar – the other being Sachsenring – at which Rabat hasn’t stood on the podium since moving up to the Moto2 class in 2011. It is a situation that the Team Estrella 0,0 Marc VDS rider is keen to rectify this weekend, as he looks to close the gap to current championship leader, Johann Zarco, who he trails by 40 points.

Rabat will be hoping for a slightly less stressful Assen weekend than the one he endured 12 months ago when, after qualifying on pole position, he crashed on the sighting lap and only a delay due to rain allowed the team to get his bike repaired ready for the race, which he finished eighth.

Tito Rabat: “The next two tracks on the calendar - Assen and Sachsenring - have never been amongst my favourite circuits, which is probably why they are the only two on the calendar at which I’ve never finished on the Moto2 podium. However, if I’m to retain the championship then I need to be just as fast at these tracks as I am at the others, so that is the aim this weekend. We put in the work during a successful test at Aragon, with very positive results, so I head to Assen feeling confident. Like always, we will work hard in every session this weekend, to ensure we’re in a position to fight for the win in the race on Saturday.”

Moto2, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, Tito Rabat, EG 0,0 Marc VDS

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