Miller and Rabat in the points at Aragon
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Jack Miller and Tito Rabat completed a double points scoring finish in today’s Aragon Grand Prix.
In warm and sunny conditions Miller and Rabat dug deep with grip levels at a premium over the 23-lap race at the 5.078km Motorland Circuit
Miller finished 13th, the same as his starting position, to take him to 56 points and 12th overall in the MotoGP World Championship standings.
With track temperatures rising Miller started the race on a hard compound rear tyre but was never in a position to challenge for his target of a top ten finish.
Wet track conditions during free practice on Friday meant reduced time to assess tyre choices for the race.
In front of local Spanish fans Rabat came 15th with a late charge after starting from position 21 on the grid. The race was always going to be a tough challenge for Rabat but the resilient Spaniard never gave up and finished just 0.5s out of 11th position.
In three weeks the MotoGP championship resumes in Japan followed in succession by Australia and Malaysia.
Jack Miller: 13th
“While I am reasonably happy with the way things went today this wasn’t the race I expected even though I came home with some points. I used the hard tyre and expected a little bit more from it but it didn’t work out that way. Overall a positive weekend and I’m feeling really comfortable with the bike, especially the front. We just missed some drive grip on the rear which was down to not making the hard compound work early enough.”
Tito Rabat: 15th
“I am always looking for a better result so 15th is not where I wanted to be but it was a positive day because I did a very good job in the race after starting a long way back. It is good for my confidence to grab some points in this race and now it's time to focus on the next race in Japan.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“It is always important for our team to have both riders finish in the points which is what they did today. As a team we learnt a lesson today with tyre choice, there was not such a big difference between the compounds over the race distance. Before the race I thought Jack was capable of a better result but he had some issues so we have to be happy that he scored some points. Tito did what I expected of him today by finishing in the points in front of his home fans.”