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Valencia MotoGP Test: Rabat matches expectations on first day in MotoGP

Tito Rabat matches his expectations on the first day of MotoGP testing in Valencia aboard Scott Redding's 2015 bike and electronics.
Tito Rabat matched his hopes and expectations on the first day of MotoGP testing for 2016 at Valencia by lapping in the 1m 32s and getting a feel for the added horsepower of the Marc VDS Honda.

The ex-Moto2 world champion, fresh from winning his final race in Moto2 on Sunday, completed an eye-catching 84 laps on his second day aboard the bike, the first coming the day after the Aragon race.

The Marc VDS squad didn't have the new controlled electronics package available for riders Rabat and Jack Miller, meaning the Spaniard spent the day acclimatising the electronics, added power and Michelin tyres.

“I ride well and make good lap times,” said Rabat. “I enjoyed the day and we made good work. We will see tomorrow if we have a little bit more. It was not easy. It was hard. There is a lot of wheelie. You have to take new lines and also take profit of all the engine.

“This is how you make the lap time. Especially for the slide, with the traction control. Sure it looks easy, but it's not. You have to believe and this coming from the Moto2 is a little bit hard, but not impossible. The target is improve every day.

“My expectation today was to adapt but when I wake up I thought that I want to make 1m 32s. I made it so I complete my expectations. Now we need to prepare well for tomorrow.”

Still riding with the wrist injury that kept him out of the three flyaway races, Rabat admitted he was not able to pick the 157kg up from full lean effectively as he sought to eradicate his “bad habits” from Moto2.

“With this bike when I have full lean angle and when I pick up the bike I suffer a little bit with the injury. You know, I want to stay here, adapt to the MotoGP bike. Take out all the bad habits from Moto2 and make the new habits of MotoGP only.

“I had a lot of fun. The speed, the acceleration… For sure when you can control better you enjoy more. The problem is I can't slide as I like through turn twelve, but tomorrow will be coming better.”

Rabat will work alongside Redding's 2015 crew chief Chris Pike for the new season. Along with the machinery, the Catalan has to get used to and know the added number of technicians in his garage. On the whole, his initial impressions of the team and tyres was positive.

“With the team there is a good feeling. I'm starting to know him. At the moment we have a lot of parts to the team. We have more mechanics than before and more technicians than before. It's looking good.

“I have a good feeling. It looks like these tyres are safe. They tell me many things. Also there were many crashes. Many people struggle a little bit with the front. I don't know, we will see tomorrow. For the moment I'm not fast enough to say whether they are good tyres or not.”



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