Rabat just off the podium after strong comeback, Espargaro struggling to 8th at Silverstone
Tito started from fourth place on the grid, but made a mistake in the fourth lap, going wide in one of the corners and losing touch with the leading group. After that he started to close the gap again, getting closer to the front group led by Scott Redding. Rabat posted the fastest lap of the race with a new circuit record and was able to make up ground, catching up with the group two laps before the end of teh race. In the final lap Nakagami and Luthi started to fight hard for second place, leaving Tito without a chance to take a podium spot.
His teammate Pol Espargaró was struggling a lot in the race. In the morning warmup he suffered a crash which dented his confidence and left him without any chances to figt for the podium.
8º POL ESPARGARÓ “This was a difficult weekend. I cam to Silverstone with a fever and feeling sick, which made the work on the first day difficult. We worked a lot on the setup of the bike, but we couldn’t find a perfect setting. We decided to make a few changes to test in the warmup, but due to the crash I didn’t know if the changes were good or not, so we went into the race blindly. The crash has rattled my confidence a little and also the bike setup didn’t give me a good feeling. This made it impossible for me to follow the lead group and they went away.”
4º TITO RABAT “At the beginning I caught up to Aegerter, I tried to pass, but I made a mistake and the bike went into neutral. I started to recover and get my pace. When I didn’t have anyone in front I went well and when I was back up I passed Aegerter who had problems with acceleration. Then I caught up with the front group, but couldn’t pass. This is a problem that I need to improve to overtake more easily.”
29º AXEL PONS “Things didn’t go too great in the last few races. This weekend I had various problems, due to which I started for far back on the grid. In the warmup I had a very good feeling, but starting from so far behind it’s difficult to recover in the race.”
Source: Pons Racing