Tito Rabat gets up to speed in Mugello
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders Tito Rabat and Jack Miller encountered mixed conditions and mixed fortunes on the opening day of MotoGP practice at the majestic Mugello track in Italy.
Rabat was one of only 14 riders to post a time in an FP1 session this morning that was dominated by damp and cool conditions. Rabat only went out on the fast and flowing 5.2km track to familiarise himself with the challenging layout on Honda’s RC213V machine on Michelin’s rain tyres.
The groundwork put in by the Spaniard this morning paid off on a full dry track in FP2, with Rabat finishing in an encouraging 17th place after posting a best time of 1.49.648. The highlight of the first day for the double Mugello Moto2 winner was experiencing the adrenaline rush of hitting close to 340kph on the flat-out home straight.
Tito Rabat: 17th – 1’49.648
“This is such a special track and I really love riding here but to experience the top speed in MotoGP on the start straight was something incredible. It is scary and fun at the same time! In the wet this morning I went out just to try and understand the track on a MotoGP bike and this afternoon I was happy with the progress I made in terms of the lap time. With more grip and better conditions tomorrow I think I can improve and I am looking forward to riding this amazing track again.”
Source – Team Estrella Galicia