Miller and Rabat finish double top ten in Valencia
The MotoGP season ended with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Jack Miller and Tito Rabat scoring a double top ten finish in todays race in Valencia.
It was superb performance from both riders who surged through the traffic on the tight and twisty 4km Ricardo Tormo Circuit.
Miller started 12th and finished seventh in the 30-lap race, which was won by fellow Honda RC213V rider Dani Pedrosa. This was Miller’s ninth top ten of the season.
Spanish star Rabat qualified 14th and finished 10th in a finely judged ride before home fans.
The platform for Miller’s seventh place was a bold opening lap performance which saw make up four places to be in eighth place.
He then fought a stirring mid-race battle with Valentino Rossi before settling for seventh place with fading front-end grip in the final laps.
For Rabat the race was a triumph for his determination as he clawed his way back after dropping to 18th place on the opening lap. In the end Rabat finished just one second behind Ducati rider Michele Pirro.
Miller completed the championship 11th in the standings on 82 points with Rabat 19th on 35 points.
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS finished seventh in the team rankings on 117 points.
Jack Miller: 7th
“It was a great race for me and perhaps could have been better because I lost a lot of time in the final two laps. I had to give up the fight with Valentino because I had a couple of front-end moments with my front tyre grip going down towards the end. I felt I could have fought with Rossi and Iannone right to the end otherwise. It has been a good finish to the season with three top tens including two seventh places so no better way to end my time with this great team.”
Tito Rabat: 10th
“I am really happy to leave this magnificent team with a 10th place in Valencia, I have had a great time here both in Moto2 and MotoGP. The early laps were difficult but I never gave up and it is very satisfying to be in the top ten as I prepare for a new challenge in my career.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“I am very happy for this result by Jack and Tito in their final race with our team, they both move to new challenges in 2018. To have both riders in the top ten is an excellent finish to the season and moved Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS up two places in the team rankings at this final race in Valencia.”