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Rabat: “I had a lot of chatter from the rear tyre”

Rabat: “I had a lot of chatter from the rear tyre”

A mature ride by Tito Rabat at the Indianapolis GP saw the Spaniard cross the line in fifth after suffering from tyre issues.

Having dropped to ninth from the start, Rabat eased his way to the front over the course of the first nine laps. The battle at the front saw the reigning Moto2 World Champion fight as part of a five rider group and a drying line and slick tyres meant any mistakes would be severely punished, as a few riders discovered to their cost.

Rabat was surefooted throughout the race but struggled with a lack of rear grip. When the Spaniard started to ride more aggressively he suffered from chatter and when he was fighting with Franco Morbidelli in the closing stages he had no answers to the Italian when he barged down the inside. Rabat was lucky to avoid contact with Morbidelli but afterwards said that the incident was nothing to be concerned about and that he just didn't have the grip to fight with him.

Tito Rabat: “It was a little bit unfortunate because we have worked so well this weekend and then it started to rain before the race. The track changed a lot so I was trying to ride safely at the start but when I started to try and push harder as the race progressed I had a lot of chatter from the rear tyre. It's unfortunate because the team did a great job this weekend and this result doesn't reflect that. I was not so fast when I got into the battle with Morbidelli. My top speed was quite good but when I tried to carry more corner speed it was sliding a lot. I could accelerate well and pass slower riders, but with the faster riders I needed more corner speed and I couldn't do it.”


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