Jerez was bathed in sunshine for qualifying with a track temperature of 40 degrees and the near perfect conditions were in contrast to the... Tito Rabat to start Jerez race from 18th

Jerez was bathed in sunshine for qualifying with a track temperature of 40 degrees and the near perfect conditions were in contrast to the wet and cooler weather for Friday’s practice sessions.

Despite posting his fastest time of the weekend so far Tito Rabat will start from 18th on the sixth row having been slowed by traffic on his final run.

In the earlier FP4 session while running in race trim Rabat was impressively 10th quickest, just 0.6s behind factory Honda star Marc Márquez.

The Spanish GP will be the 3,000th Grand Prix since the World Championship began in 1949.

Tito Rabat: 18th – 1’39.564

“I am very happy with my result in FP4 because I made the lap time alone on race tyres. I had a good strategy for qualifying but could not do my maximum because of traffic in the final sector of my fast run. I’m not happy for this but overall it has been a positive weekend and my time of 1’39.5 gives me a lot of confidence to score points in the race.”

Source – Marc VDS Racing