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Rabat: “Riding the MotoGP bike is more physically demanding”

Rabat: “Riding the MotoGP bike is more physically demanding”

Tito Rabat completes 140 laps of the Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo circuit during the two-day test on his full MotoGP™ debut.

Rabat brought with him to the premier class the same work ethic that saw him crowned as Moto2™ World Champion just 12 months ago, completing 140 laps of the Valencia circuit over the course of the two days. Fatigue in his injured left wrist forced the 26-year-old Spaniard to end the test early, but he declared himself happy with both his pace and consistency after his first two days on the bike.

Rabat ended the test in 18th overall with a 1’32.402, just 1.342s off the pace of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) who topped the timesheets.

Tito Rabat: “I did a lot of laps on the first day to get a feel for the Honda RC213V and the Michelin tyres and I was quite pleased with my lap time. Today I did fewer laps but we made a small improvement to the lap time and my pace was consistent, which is important. Riding the MotoGP bike is more physically demanding than the Moto2 bike I’m used to and, after the marathon session yesterday, this morning I had some pain and inflammation in my injured wrist. This made it difficult to change direction quickly, but it also meant I couldn’t be so precise with my line through the corners so we ended the test a little early. Overall I’m happy. I have a good feeling with both the bike and tyres and I have enjoyed working with my new crew. The communication is good and their experience has helped me make the transition to MotoGP more quickly. Now I have two months for my wrist to recover and to focus on training, before heading to Malaysia for the next test, for which I can’t wait!”


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