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MotoGP Catalunya: Injured Rabat will try to ride

"I will be giving my all to be on track in my home Grand Prix" - Tito Rabat.
Tito Rabat will try to ride in this weekend's Catalunya MotoGP round, just two weeks after fracturing his collarbone at Mugello.

The Marc VDS rookie was ruled out of the Italian event after the Saturday practice fall and his participation in front of his home fans in Barcelona remains subject to medical clearance.

Rabat needed a titanium plate and eight titanium screws to stabilise the damaged collarbone, following the accident.

“Firstly, I want to say a big thanks to all the medical team and circuit staff at Mugello and my team for all the attention I received after my crash,” Rabat said. “Their quick reaction was very important in giving me a chance to ride in my home race this weekend.

“The operation in Barcelona last week went very well and Doctors Mir and Marlet as always did a great job. I have been fully concentrated on recovering as well as I possibly can, and I will be giving my all to be on track in my home Grand Prix.

“The target is to be as close to full strength as I can be and work closely with my team and Honda to try and make another step. I felt we'd made another small step before my crash in Mugello and that was good.

“I will try to finish the race and improve my feeling with the bike. If we can do that I think it will be a successful weekend.”

Team-mate Jack Miller made the start of the Mugello race, but didn't get beyond turn one after being caught up in Alvaro Bautista's accident. The Australian hasn't scored points since the Qatar season opener, but claimed the best result of his rookie 2015 MotoGP campaign with an 11th place at the Catalunya last season.

“The race didn't finish like we wanted in Mugello but I've got to take the positives out of a bad situation and I definitely think we found some improvement with my race pace in Italy,” Miller said. “I can't dwell too much on Mugello and I've got to forget about that and be fully concentrated on bouncing back with a strong performance in Barcelona. I'm really looking forward to this weekend.

“My European base is not too far away from Barcelona in Andorra, so it is like a second home race for me. I really like the track and it seems to suit the Honda as well, and last year I had my best result in MotoGP, so that also gives me confidence.”


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