Rabat surges into the points at Silverstone
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat surged into a 12th place finish with a brilliant ride in today’s British Grand Prix at Silverstone.
It was superbly judged performance by Rabat in the 20-lap race after the Spanish rider started from 21st on the grid. Rabat finished just 1.2s behind factory KTM rival Pol Espargaro who was 11th.
After being disappointed with his lacklustre qualifying Rabat focussed on a points scoring finish believing that he had good base for a strong race pace after this morning's warm-up.
Rabat made up five places to be 16th at the end of lap one and remained patient as he pushed forward into the points.
With two laps remaining Rabat secured 12th place by overtaking Karel Abraham.
Rabat’s teammate Jack Miller finished 16th as he struggled to overcome a lack of rear drive grip which impacted on his race day performance.
Miller felt the warm and sunny conditions and his race pace in practice should have been a platform for a points scoring finish.
The next race in the MotoGP World Championship is the San Marina GP in Misano in two weeks.
Tito Rabat: 12th
“I made a fast start and this gave me the opportunity for a good race after some positive steps with the set-up in the warm-up solved a lot of my problems. I had a good feeling with the rear tyre from first lap and could push and do fast times even when I was riding alone. I am very happy with this result after a difficult weekend and now I'm looking forward to Misano.”
Jack Miller: 16th
“In the race I struggled to find rear drive grip and it is not easy to understand why, maybe it was because of the hotter track temperatures compared to practice and qualifying. It is a real shame and I’m very disappointed with this race. This should have been a great day to pick up some points and now we just have keep working to recover from this slump at the next race.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
“I am very happy with Tito’s result because he struggled for most of the weekend and to finish 12th after starting from the back of the grid is great both for Tito and for the team. For Jack the main issue was that he could not find any rear grip so we need to see why his race pace didn't match his pace in practice. It would have been nice to have two riders in the points but now we wait to see what the Misano race will deliver for us.”