Author: Bike Social Sports Reporter Posted: 27 Oct 2014
Esteve ‘Tito’ Rabat’s third place in Sunday’s Moto2 race was enough to secure the 25-year-old Spaniard the World Championship crown after an impressive season with the Marc VDS Racing outfit which so narrowly missed out on the title with Scott Redding 12 months previous.
Rabat, who paid for every ride he’s had until this season, won seven races with the Belgian outfit on his way to title glory. Consistency was key for the Spaniard, who finished off the podium just four times and not once lower than eighth place.
His main title rivals were team mate Mika Kallio and Moto2 rookie Maverick Vinales. Kallio achieved three victories sand a further seven podiums this season and hasn’t finished any lower than seventh but his team mate’s superior win rate gave him the edge.
Rabat will be the first Moto2 champion to return to defend his title with the #1 plate in 2015 as he remains with MarcVDS racing. The four previous Moto2 World Champions graduated to the premier class following their title success. The champion dedicated his success to his mother, who passed away two years ago.
“I am so, so happy, but I have no words” said Rabat after the race. “In the race today I pushed hard at the start, but at the end I decided to just manage the gap back to the riders behind me, to ensure a podium finish. It has not sunk in yet that I am World Champion, so I have no words, but thank you to the team because they pushed me every day, they helped me every day and they were with me every step of the way. Thanks also to Marc van der Straten, without whom this would not have been possible, to my family for their support and to Circuit Almeria for their help in recent years. I want to dedicate this World Championship to my mum, because her memory motivates me to be the best I can every single day.”