Valencia Grand Prix 2015

Rabat steals the limelight

By winning the last race of the season in Valencia, Tito Rabat left the Moto2 class stealing the limelight. The Spanish rider will replace Scott Redding next year in MotoGP riding the Honda of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS.

The Races

Although he missed the last three races of the season due to injury, Tito Rabat didn’t miss his comeback to competition. Having recovered from a broken left wrist, the Spaniard bade farewell to the Moto2 class with a brilliant comeback on the Valencia circuit. After qualifying for pole position, Rabat led the eighteen laps of the race from start to finish, scoring his thirteenth victory in this category.

TITO RABAT SPA  ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS Kalex  Moto2  GP Valencia (Circuit Ricardo Tormo) 6-8/11/2015 PSP/ Lukasz Swiderek www.photoPSP.com

Despite three falls during the practice test sessions and a poor start, Marquez still managed to climb back to finish twelfth.

In MotoGP, Redding had a hard time for his last outing flying the flag of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS. Lacking feeling and grip from the first practice session onwards, the Brit had to wait until the second half of the race to start finding his feet, allowing him to climb back from twentieth to finish in fifteenth place.

The Championship

Scoring a single point for the fifteenth place has not changed anything in Scott Redding’s position in the MotoGP championship standings. The rider for the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS ended his second season in the premier-class category placed thirteenth in the overall classification.

In Moto2, Tito Rabat ended his last year in the intermediate class in third position, three points away from Alex Rins. Alex Marquez meanwhile ended his first season with the Kalex at fourteenth place in the championship.

The Background

Winner of his last race in Moto2, Tito Rabat put an end to his Moto2 career in the best way possible. The Spaniard will make his debut next year in the premier-class category. Rabat has already been given a chance to ride a few laps with the Honda RC213V of the Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS on the Aragon circuit, a first contact which delighted both the 2014 Moto2 world champion and his team manager.

Michael Bartholemy, the head of the Belgian team:

“He certainly impressed us, he felt quickly at ease, and the machine’s power didn’t faze him.”

What can we expect from him in 2016?

“It’s very hard to say, MotoGP will be very different next year. With Michelin tires, common electronics, more fuel…  A new hierarchy is likely to develop. As far as we’re concerned, having two riders should allow us to work faster, and that should help Tito make faster progress.”

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