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MotoGP Japan: Moto2: ‘Immense’ weekend for Marc VDS

“This weekend could be an immensely important one for the Marc VDS Racing Team”
If Esteve Rabat outscores Maverick Vinales by one point in Japan this weekend, the Marc VDS team will be guaranteed to win its first ever world title.

Third in the standings Vinales is 74 points behind Rabat and a 75 point deficit after Sunday's race would be impossible for the future Suzuki MotoGP rider to overcome.

But the championship battle between Rabat and team-mate Mika Kallio would continue, the pair currently being separated by 33 points.

“This weekend could be an immensely important one for the Marc VDS Racing Team,” confirmed team principal Michael Bartholemy. “Should Tito score one more point in the race than Maverick Viñales then we will go into the final three races of the season knowing that the 2014 Moto2 World Champion will be a Marc VDS rider.

“This fact adds some pressure, sure, but our approach this weekend will be the same as it's been for every other weekend and I'm confident that both Tito and Mika will be up there and fighting for the win on Sunday, regardless of the points situation.”

Marc VDS finished second in the last year's Moto2 championship with Scott Redding, who will re-join the team for its new Honda MotoGP project in 2015.

Tagged as: moto2 , Rabat

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October 06, 2014 8:39 PM

I'm also fully backing up Mika in this one! Still as a realistic person I doubt Mika can take the championship win. :( He has the speed and talent to beat Rabat in one or two race distances in a row (in moto2 or motgp, you name it) but his crew hasn't been able to get 100% setup on the bike in way too many races this season. The problem has been that For a reason or two they simply can't get this years Dunlop rear tyres last for the race distance with a significant tyre drop emerging nearly in all races, compared to other top guys. And on Rabat's carage Pete Benson as a crew chief (Haydens crew chief at honda championship time) is able to provide a bike with 100 or 110% spot on setup basically in every race weekend and that combined with Rabat's absolute top rider skills have given him a clear margin in WC. For Mika sake I hope it rains in Japan, Australia and Malaysia. :D (clear weakness for rabat as he hasn't been able to train/learn wet riding in countless Almeria sessions)

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