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Rabat: “I’m fit enough to ride fast”

Rabat: “I’m fit enough to ride fast”

Tito Rabat arrived at the Gran Premio Motul de la Comunitat Valenciana unsure how his wrist would go, but left with the winner’s trophy.

The Moto2™ World Championship career of Tito Rabat came to an end on Sunday at the Valencia GP, 2015 was a season of mixed fortunes for the 2014 champion but in the end it all came right. Having missed the three flyaway races due to a wrist injury, the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider entered the weekend unsure how his wrist would perform. It was a steady start on Friday for Rabat but slowly his built up his pace, securing pole position on Saturday. From pole Rabat shot forward and began to build an early lead, the Moto2™ race was then red flagged due to an accident and all riders forced back into the pits. Once again Rabat made a lightning start and gapped the other riders, Alex Rins (Paginas Armarillas HP 40) sticking behind. As he had done throughout much of the 2014 season, Rabat led the race virtually unchallenged.

Rins attempted to close in several times, but Rabat was able to stay ahead of the rookie and cross the line in first, taking one last victory in the intermediate class before moving up to the MotoGP™ World Championship. Despite missing three races, Rabat has felt it was a valuable learning experience and is aware that he cannot rush back from injuries in the future. Rabat ends the year in third overall with 231 points, three wins, seven addition podiums and three pole positions. Tuesday will see Rabat make his official MotoGP™ debut, having already ridden the Honda bike in Aragon.

Tito Rabat: “I’m so happy, because I arrived here not knowing if I would be able to ride at the top level. But I felt good on the bike on Friday and it got better with every day. Okay, I’m still not 100% fit, but I’m fit enough to ride fast. Today was my last race in Moto2 and my last race with my crew, so it was great to say farewell to both with a win. I enjoyed the race; I just pushed on every lap and treated it like a sprint. I thought it was Lüthi behind me at the end, like last year, but then I looked back and saw Rins, so I knew he was going to challenge, and I knew I was going to hold him off. I learnt a lot this weekend; mainly that I need to give myself time to recover after an injury, but also that I maybe don’t need to do so many laps at home to be quick. Now we start the next adventure, with the MotoGP test on Tuesday and Wednesday.”


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