News 2 Oct 2015

Rabat confirmed for 2016 MotoGP transition

Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS signs Moto2 champion.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Reigning Moto2 World Champion Tito Rabat will step up to MotoGP in 2016 with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS, on board the team’s factory Honda RC213V.

Promotion to the premier class is a fitting reward for the 26-year-old Spaniard, who brought Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS their first world championship title after a recording-breaking 2014 season.

Rabat dominated in Moto2 last year, scoring more points than any other rider in the 67-year history of the intermediate class and taking seven wins and 14 podium finishes on his way to the world title.

It is this record, and his commitment to the Estrella Galicia 0,0 backed development project in which the team play a major part, that made Rabat the obvious choice to succeed Scott Redding as the team’s MotoGP rider for the 2016 season.

Rabat is looking forward to the new challenge, having tested the team’s factory Honda RC213V at Motorland Aragon after the Grand Prix at the same circuit. The Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS rider completed 60 laps and was immediately impressed by both the power and potential of Honda’s MotoGP machine.

“The objective of my life was to, first of all, arrive to MotoGP and then to make results in the premier class,” Rabat said. “This is the first step and for that I would like to thank Marc van der Straten, the team and Estrella Galicia for this chance and their confidence in me.

“I know stepping up to MotoGP on the factory Honda RC213V isn’t going to be easy, but I have all the winter to prepare, to make sure I’m strong and ready for pre-season testing. It’s going to be a steep learning curve, but the goal will be to improve step by step so that we’re ready for the first race in Qatar.

“The test at Aragon aboard the factory Honda RC213V was an incredible experience. The first time you ride this bike you just aren’t prepared for it. There is so much speed, so hard acceleration and the corners arrive far too early! To be honest, it was the best experience you can have on a bike.

“Once I’d adapted to the speed, the power and the carbon brakes I was able to understand a little more how the bike works and go a little faster. I would like to have ridden for longer but, unfortunately, they wanted to close the track!”

Testing for the 2016 MotoGP World Championship will start immediately after the Grand Prix of Valencia, but Rabat’s focus now is on the last four races of this Moto2 season and the fight to keep his championship hopes alive after winning last time out in Aragon.