Rabat aims for Argentina glory
Termas de Río Hondo, Argentina – 18 April 2015: Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat maintained his 100% front row start record in 2015 after the Spaniard played a starring role in a record-breaking Moto2 qualifying session in Argentina.
Rabat’s final lap of 1.43.102 was a massive 0.8s inside his own pole position record set a year ago at the Termas de Rio Honda track.
But he was denied a second successive pole position at the South American venue by just 0.2s, with Rabat finishing second behind Johann Zarco to secure his best grid position of the season and take a third straight front row.
Alex Marquez will start his third Moto2 race from 20th on the grid, but in a closely contested qualifying session that saw the top 22 split by just 1.5s, the Spaniard was only 0.5s away from the top 10.
Tito Rabat: 2nd – 1’43’102
“I am happy to be on the front row again and I think we can definitely be fighting for the podium in tomorrow’s race. I have a good race pace and we have worked hard to improve my feeling with the bike, and the goal is obviously to try and win again in Argentina. I have some issues in the final sector with the front-end and we need to work on this, because that cost me the chance to get pole position. But it is always important to be on the front row and we achieved that.”
Alex Marquez: 20th – 1’44’178
“Moto2 is so close that you only need to be losing a second and you are down in 20th I am reasonably happy but obviously the target was to start higher up the grid. I need to improve in the braking zone so I can be faster entering the corner. That is what is holding me back at the moment. It will be important to finish the race tomorrow and gain more experience with the Kalex machine, which is what I need to be more competitive.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“Towards the end of qualifying it looked like Tito was gong to be off the front row for the first time since Japan last year, but he managed to pull something out of the bag and grab second place. He’s losing too much time in sector 4, which is something we need to fix for the race, as Tito is more than capable of fighting for his first podium of the season tomorrow. Alex may be 20th on the grid, but the times are close and both he and the team know where the biggest improvements are to be had. This is what he needs to focus on in the race. If he can improve in the braking area then there’s no reason why he shouldn’t run top ten pace tomorrow.”