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Old 10-02-2015, 09:30 AM   #1
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Marc VDS confirms Rabat for MotoGP 2016

The 26yearold Spaniard is moving up to the premier class

TEAM Estrella Galicia Marc VDS have announced that current Moto2 rider Tito Rabat will ride for them in the premier class in 2016.

Reigning Moto2 World Champion, Rabat, will contest the 2016 MotoGP World Championship onboard the Marc VDS team’s factory Honda RC213V.

The 26-year-old Spaniard brought Team Estrella Galicia Marc VDS their first World Championship title after a record breaking 2014 season.

Rabat dominated Moto2 last year, scoring more points than any other rider in the 67-year history of the intermediate class as he took seven wins and 14 podium finishes.

The Spaniard’s hard work, determination and commitment is what has led the Marc VDS team to come to this agreement.

'I am happy to see Tito step up to race our MotoGP bike next season,' explained team owner Marc van der Straten.

'His approach to racing, his work ethic and his determination to succeed are the same attributes on which our team was built. It is fitting that we should have a rider such as Tito in the premier class to act as the perfect role model for the younger riders making their way through our development program.

'To race at the very top level is never easy, but Tito has shown that he has the ability to adapt rapidly and his commitment to this project is absolute. I am confident he will do us proud next season.'

Rabat has tested the team’s factory Honda RC213V while at Motorland Aragon and completed 60 laps - impressed by both the power and the potential of Honda’s MotoGP machine.

Speaking about his new MotoGP deal, Rabat said: 'The objective of my life was to, first of all, arrive to MotoGP and then to make results in the premier class.

'This is the first step and for that I would like to thank Marc van der Straten, the team and Estrella Galicia for this chance and their confidence in me. I know stepping up to MotoGP on the factory Honda RC213V isn’t going to be easy, but I have all the winter to prepare, to make sure I’m strong and ready for pre-season testing.

'It’s going to be a steep learning curve, but the goal will be to improve step by step so that we’re ready for the first race in Qatar. The test at Aragon aboard the factory Honda RC213V was an incredible experience. The first time you ride this bike you just aren’t prepared for it. There is so much speed, so hard acceleration and the corners arrive far too early!'

Testing for the 2016 MotoGP World Championship will start in immediately after the Grand Prix of Valencia, but Rabat’s focus remains on the last four races of this season as he fights to retain his championship title.

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