Miller and Rabat ready for Valencia season finale
Jack Miller and Tito Rabat head into the Grand Prix of Valencia this weekend determined to mark their last appearance for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS with a strong performance in the final race of the season.
Miller arrives in Valencia off the back of top ten finishes in the last two races, after missing the Japanese Grand Prix with a broken leg sustained in a training accident. The Australian is now back to full fitness and heads into the final race of the season determined to mark the end of his two-year tenure at Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS with another top ten finish
Miller currently lies 12th in the championship standings, just two points behind Alvaro Bautista in 11th but 11 points adrift of the rider in 10th place, Jonas Folger, who will not race this weekend.
Rabat scored points in Japan but narrowly missed out in both Australia and Malaysia, after difficult weekends that were badly affected by the weather. But the former Moto2 World Champion is nothing if not resilient.
Having put the disappointment of Phillip Island and Sepang behind him, Rabat heads to Valencia determined to secure another points scoring finish, on a track at which he has enjoyed some success in the past.
“Finishing tenth in the championship is a big ask, but anything is possible as they say! At least the weather looks good, with the forecast promising dry conditions all weekend. I like the Valencia circuit, which is one of the few left hand circuits we race at during the season, and I'm feeling good on the bike after the flyaway races, so let's see how we go. Obviously I want to finish out the season strong and mark my last race with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS with a good result on Sunday.”
“It's the final round of the season and my last race for Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS after four years together, so I want to do a good job on Sunday and finish on a high. The overseas races were difficult, but I think our Honda RC213V will suit the characteristics of the Valencia circuit and I am confident we can fight for points on Sunday. That's the goal, anyway.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Mathematically it's still possible for Jack to finish top ten in the championship, but he'd need to finish fourth to achieve this, which is a big ask! But they say anything can happen in racing, so you never know. Valencia marks the final appearance for both Jack and Tito in Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS colours, as both will leave the team for pastures new next season. I wish them all the best, not just for this final weekend but also for the future and I would like to thank them for their commitment to our MotoGP project over the past two seasons. Jack is a character and will be sorely missed, while Tito wrote us into the history books with his Moto2 World Championship win in 2014, for which we'll forever be grateful.”