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Rabat bows out of Moto2™ with victory

Rabat bows out of Moto2™ with victory

Tito Rabat takes his third victory of the season in his last Moto2™ race after an excellent duel with Rins, as Luthi completes podium.

The 2014 Moto2™ World Champion Tito Rabat rode an imperious race at the Gran Premio Motul de le Comunitat Valenciana to secure his 13th career intermediate class victory. It was a fitting way for the most successful Moto2™ rider in the history of the class to bid farewell before he moves up to MotoGP™ in 2016.

The original race had to red-flagged after a multiple rider crash at the first corner that saw Morbidelli, Syahrin, Schrotter, Folger, Simeon, Mulhauser, Fuligni and Vierge all crash. Luckily most were unhurt, but Syahrin and Morbidelli were taken to the Medical Centre for further treatment.

The restarted race was reduced to 18 laps, and saw Rabat enjoy a race long duel with his compatriot Alex Rins on the Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Kalex, eventually beating him to the line by just 0.309s. It capped a remarkable comeback from the broken radius that forced Rabat to miss the flyway rounds, and sent the sold out Comunitat Valencian -  Ricardo Tormo circuit in raptures as the local hero pulled off the win.

Moto2™ rookie of the year Rins (234pts) secured his tenth podium of the season to ensure that, although he lost out to Rabat (231pts) in the race, he won the battle for second in the championship standings with his fellow Spaniard by 3 points.

Derendinger Racing Interwetten’s Thomas Luthi made it back-to-back podiums as he crossed the line in 3rd, just over 3 seconds further back from Rins, in the process securing 5th in the championship.

Forward Racing’s Lorenzo Baldassari was fourth, as the 19-year-old Italian ended the season in style with three top five finishes in the last three races. Speed Up Racing’s Sam Lowes rode superbly to go from 10th on the grid to fifth, meaning he finished the season in fourth in the standings with 186 points.

Paginas Amarillas HP40’s Luis Salom made it three sixth-placed finishes in a row, ahead of the 2015 Moto2™ World Champion Johann Zarco (Ajo Motorsport) in seventh. Zarco debuted the 2016 Kalex frame in the race, and while he missed out on a new podium record, he finished the season with 352 points, a new record in the intermediate class.

Simone Corsi (Forward Racing) and Mika Kallio (QMMF Racing Team) completed the top ten, with Kallio also bidding farewell to the class after announcing he will be the test rider for KTM on their MotoGP™ project in 2016.

Check out the full Moto2™ race results and the final 2015 Moto2™ World Championship standings.

Moto2, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, RAC, Thomas Lüthi, Tito Rabat, Alex Rins, EG 0,0 Marc VDS

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