Johann Zarco and Tito Rabat score first points of the season in Jerez
The Hublot Reale Avintia Racing Team started the season at the Jerez-Ángel Nieto Circuit with a good result from Johann Zarco and Tito Rabat, who crossed the line in 11th and 14th position respectively.
The French rider, who started the race in a late position due to a crash during the qualifying session, made a great comeback that allowed him to score his first points with the Hublot Reale Avintia Racing Team. From the start, Zarco showed a superior pace to his rivals and in the third lap he was already in the points, where he kept on going until he finished the race just one place away from the top ten.
For his part, Tito Rabat has had a somewhat complicated start to his career. The Barcelona-based rider, who started one place ahead of his teammate, was relegated to last position in the early stages of the race. Despite this, Tito managed to recover positions until he reached 14th, thus adding the first two points of the season for him.
Next weekend the Grand Prix of Andalucia will be held at the same track in Jerez, where the Hublot Reale Avintia Racing Team will once again have the opportunity to show the team’s potential and fight for the top positions.
JOHANN ZARCO – P11
“I’m happy to finish the race and it was very important because it’s a long time since I did not finish a race, almost ten months, and this means that step by step I can comeback I can comeback to the high level. I understood many things during the race and many things that I can ask to Ducati to find a better feeling and better pace during the race. I expected to be faster, but it was too difficult to go to 38s and I was every lap doing 39s and this did not help me to catch the guys in front. I’m happy to be here again next week, it would be useful to improve myself and to have a clear target and to see if I can make well my work and work well with the team.”
TITO RABAT – P14
“During the first laps of the race we had a lot of fun. After the start we followed the race group, then Smith was lagging behind and I got off the group. From here I tried to shoot despite having problems with the front axle, it was really difficult to go faster. It was a long race, I have been cutting back a little bit lap by lap the group of Zarco that was my first objective, although we could not achieve it. Looking ahead to next weekend we will work to improve the feeling with the front end”