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Rabat: “I can’t be too happy"

Rabat: “I can’t be too happy'

Tito Rabat continues his run of finishes in the premier class, but failed to score points when he came home in 18th.

Being a rookie is never easy, especially when you’re the only rookie in the MotoGP™ World Championship and therefore have no one to compare yourself directly to. Each Grand Prix weekend has seen Tito Rabat learn a new circuit on a MotoGP™ bike and in three out of four races he has scored points. Unfortunately the Spanish GP proved more difficult than any previous round, the situation not helped by ever-rising temperatures on Sunday. The hot conditions saw Rabat’s pace drop off considerably towards the end of the race, playing it safe to take another finish rather than push and risk a crash. Results will come later for Rabat and the Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS team; these early races are just about learning and adapting his riding style to the bigger bikes. 11 points from the first four races has Rabat sat 17th in the championship and ahead of experienced riders like Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda).

Tito Rabat: “I can’t be too happy with Sunday’s result but I am happy that we made important progress in solving some of our wheelie issues under acceleration. I’ve struggled a lot in that area and we found a good direction this weekend. I finished the race again which is important to get data and experience for the future and I am happy with my rhythm at the beginning of the race. I struggled in the final laps when the grip went down but I think I made another positive step this weekend. I could follow a few riders and it was only in the last laps that I dropped back when the tyres started to wear. I can try and use what I have learned in the first four races to improve my riding style and be more competitive in the next few races.”

It should come as little surprise that it was Tito Rabat who completed the most laps during the post race test in Jerez, the Spaniard circuiting a staggering 94 times. Rabat had several new parts to test and also got a chance to sample two new Michelin front tyres. Aside from improving his riding style, the test allowed Rabat to work on improving rear grip, an area where all the Honda riders suffered in Jerez. His best time from the 94 laps was a 1'40.919, better than his Qualifying time and good enough for 19th on Sunday's grid. No doubt Rabat will be back out on his practice bike in Almeria before heading to the French GP.

“This was a very positive test for me, I improved my lap time and had a very good rhythm riding alone. It was good to make a lot of laps on the Honda RC213V especially to build confidence in my rookie season. I think the work we did here will be a good platform for the next race in Le Mans."

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO RED BULL DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Tito Rabat, Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS

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