Tito Rabat places 19th on Misano grid
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat endured blazing sun and baking hot track conditions in today’s qualifying session at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli.
The track temperature soared to 43 degrees during QP1 at the 4.2km circuit near the seaside resort of Cattolica on the Adriatic Coast.
Rabat struggled with front grip issues although he improved to an impressive 14th in the FP4 session. However the former Moto2 World Champion could not replicate this in qualifying
A continuation of the hot and humid conditions is predicted for the race and will place a premium on the endurance of both riders and tyres for the 13th round of the MotoGP World Championship.
Tito Rabat: 19th – 1’34.302
“We’ve struggled a little to get a good feeling with the new front here at Misano, with the problem becoming worse as the track temperature rises. We changed the balance of the bike for FP4 and this brought a definite improvement, allowing me to close the gap to the fast guys. Unfortunately I didn’t get the run I wanted in qualifying, we need to look at our strategy for this to see if we can improve, but today was a much more positive day than yesterday and I feel more confident going into the race tomorrow.”
Source: Marc VDS Racing