Tito finishes up tough test at Qatar
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riders, Tito Rabat and Jack Miller, both endured a difficult three days under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit, where they were participating in the final MotoGP preseason test of 2016.
Rabat’s Qatar test got off to the worst possible start, with his confidence taking a big knock following a crash on the opening day, which came with no warning.
His feeling with the bike improved a little on the second day, rebuilding some of the confidence lost, but the problems returned on the third and final day, with Rabat crashing three times as he tried to improve his lap time. The MotoGP rookie left Qatar 17th on the timesheet and looking for answers ahead of the first race of the season.
Rabat and teammate Miller will now head from Qatar to Madrid for the official launch of the Estrella Galicia 0,0 racing program, which takes place on Monday 7th March at the Casa Del Lector in Madrid’s Matadero complex, before heading back to Qatar to get the 2016 season well and truly underway.
Tito Rabat: 17th – 1’57.027
“The test in Qatar got off to a bad start with a big crash on day one, with no warning from the bike at all. On the second day I didn’t want to push too much and risk another big crash and the possibility of injuring myself, but the bike felt better. On the final day I started to build a bit more confidence and the lap time came quite easily, but as soon as I started to push, even just a little bit, I crashed again with no warning. The bike was telling me nothing; one minute I was upright and the next I was down. I don’t know what caused the change between day two and day three, but today was much more difficult. Now we need to work on some ideas to try when we return here for the race, because if we don’t find some improvements it will be an incredibly tough start to the season.”
Source: Marc VDS Racing