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Rabat to ride for Reale Avintia Racing in 2018

Spanish rider returns to the team – this time in the premier class

Tito Rabat will be moving to race for the Reale Avintia Racing team in MotoGP™ next season, with the 2014 Moto2™ World Champion confirmed at the squad ahead of the Grand Premio Tribul Mastercard di San Marino a della Riviera di Rimini. Rabat will race a Ducati Desmosedici GP17.

Tito Rabat’s World Championship debut was in Valencia 2005, riding for Raul Romero’s team. In 2006, he secured a seat for the whole season and in 2009, Rabat returned once again to the Blusens BQR team of Romero. In two years, he achieved two podiums and finished the season in the top six. In 2011 he made his debut in Moto2™ with the team and took his first podium finish in Indianapolis. Rabat took the Moto2™ World Championship with Marc VDS in 2014, and moved up to MotoGP™ with the EG 0,0 Marc VDS squad in 2016.

A regular points scorer, Rabat now has ambitions to move forward in 2018:

Tito Rabat : “I’m very happy to sign with Reale Avintia Racing and to race with Ducati in 2018. Now I have a new opportunity to demonstrate that I can be fast and competitive in MotoGP. I’ll be racing in a team that I know since my childhood and with a bike that I think will suit my size and my style to perfection. This is a great opportunity and I’ll make the best of it. I will fight and give it all to be successful. I want to say thank you to Ducati and Reale Avintia Racing for trusting in me”.

Raúl Romero, CEO Esponsorama: “Tito is like a son for me. He rode his first race for me in the Spanish Championship and he made his debut in the World Championship with my team. During his career, he raced in several teams, but always comes back home. After 125cc and Moto2, this is the third time Tito returns to our team and this time is in the MotoGP class. I’m convinced that this will be the pinnacle in his career and that we’ll achieve great results together with Ducati. Tito is a hard worker and this was his secret to become Moto2 World Champion. Next season he will ride a Desmosedici GP17, a bike that is on top of the classification with Dovizioso and that has been extremely competitive this year.”