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Rabat: “The front just went away”

Rabat: “The front just went away”

Steady improvements for Tito Rabat in Sepang, but a crash at Turn 5 leaves him puzzled.

Work on Wednesday, the final day of the Sepang test, was interrupted for Tito Rabat and the entire MotoGP™ World Championship grid as rain fell multiple times. Eager to continue learning his MotoGP™ machine, Rabat was one of the first riders out on track as the circuit dried. The day was spent on the hard option rear as the soft version had been withdrawn for safety reasons, this saw Rabat and his Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS crew focusing on improving the rookie’s confidence on the hard tyres. Aside from this the team also worked on setting changes to improve Rabat’s Honda on mid-corner and exit. Across the three days Rabat set a best time of 2’02.326 which was good enough for 17th overall. The MotoGP™ paddock now head to Phillip Island in two weeks time for the second official test of 2016.

Tito Rabat: “Yesterday we struggled to find a good feeling with the hard rear tyre, so that was the focus for today. We made quite big changes to the bike and the feeling was better, which was reflected in the lap time. The crash at turn five was strange, because I was on an out lap, not pushing, but the front just went away and down I went. We returned to the track with the spare bike to test a few more things, but the track conditions had deteriorated and I went down again in the final turn. After that we decided to stop, because the conditions weren’t going to improve. I am physically tired after three days on the MotoGP bike, but already I’m looking forward to getting back on the Honda RC213V at Phillip Island, where I hope we can continue to improve.”

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