Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider Tito Rabat finished an impressive fifteenth to score a world championship point in today’s wet and slippery Japanese Grand Prix.
The 24-lap race at the Twin Ring Motegi was run in steady rain and low visibility, which required a huge physical and mental effort just to finish.
Rabat was swamped in spray in the early laps after starting19th on the grid but by lap five had moved into 15th and began a long duel against Katsuyuki Nakasuga and Scott Redding.
Late in the race this trio were joined by Hector Barbera with Rabat dropping back to 16th but securing 15th position on the final lap just behind Barbera, with Redding squeezed out of the points at the flag.
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS now moves to Australia for the second of three fly-away races at Phillip Island where they will welcome back Jack Miller his home race.
Tito Rabat: 15th
“It was a difficult weekend, always wet and very cold but it was good opportunity to improve my riding style in the wet especially in braking. I gave 100% but to go faster was very high risk in these conditions and I almost crashed twice on the rear when opening the gas. In racing you have to take any gift and this one point in Motegi is a good reward and I’m now very motivated to go to Australia next week.”
Source – Marc VDS
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