Tito Rabat battles hard in scorching Spain
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Tito Rabat and Jack Miller gained plenty of knowledge but unfortunately no points at the end of a demanding MotoGP race at the Jerez track in Spain today.
With ambient temperatures considerably higher than those experienced in practice and qualifying, tyre preservation took on greater importance in a physically demanding 27-lap race that was played out in front of a packed crowd of over 100,000 vocal fans.
Rabat rode a strong race to try and preserve his 100% point scoring record in 2016. But the sizzling hot track temperatures saw him drop his pace in the face of deteriorating rear grip in the closing stages, as he opted to gain and experience and finish for the fourth race in a row.
Without the pressure and time constraints of a race weekend, Rabat is looking forward to a full day on track for tomorrow’s test session, where he plans to further work on his riding style.
Tito Rabat: 18th
“I can’t be too happy with today’s result but I am happy that we made important progress in solving some of our wheelie issues under acceleration. I’ve struggled a lot in that area and we found a good direction this weekend. I finished the race again which is important to get data and experience for the future and I am happy with my rhythm at the beginning of the race. I struggled in the final laps when the grip went down but I think I made another positive step this weekend. I could follow a few riders and it was only in the last laps that I dropped back when the tyres started to wear. We have the test now in Jerez tomorrow and I can try and use what I have learned in the first four races to improve my riding style and be more competitive in the next few races.”
Source – Team Estrella Galicia