Tito Rabat

Tito Rabat’s passion for motorcycles began at a young age, when he rode in the mountains near Barcelona with his father and his older brother. Back then he made up his mind that he wanted to become a professional rider and in 2002 he made his racing debut in the Rieju Cup. A year later he raced in the Honda XR400 Cup, in Catalunya, and started in some races of the national KTM 200 Cup.

In 2003, at the age of 14, he made his debut in the Catalan Supersport Championship, riding a Honda CBR 600. That same year he also competed in the CRF 450 Cup, where he took his first victory and finished third in the championship. He participated in the KTM 200 Cup again, winning two races. At the end of the year, when he was 15 years old, he rode in the last two races of the Spanish Supersport Championship (Honda CBR 600). As if this hadn’t been enough, he also gave his debut in Endurance racing, competing in the 24 Hours of the Circuit de Catalunya with the Monlau Racing Team.

In 2005 he got the opportunity to race with Raul Romero’s team BQR in the 125cc category of the Spanish Championship CEV with Honda, and celebrated his first podium in Valencia. He continued to participate in the Catalan championship and he also did four races in the European Championship: Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Germany, with two fourth places as best results.

2006 was a great year, when he made the jump to the 125cc World Championship with BQR and Raúl Romero. His debut was at his home GP in Catalunya. He scored his first points in Malaysia, where he finished 12th. He also raced in the CEV, where he was several times on the podium and finished as runner-up in 125cc.

In 2007 he signed with the Repsol Honda Junior Team. He got his first World Championship podium in China where he finished third. He scored 74 points and finished the season in eleventh place. One year later, with KTM, he finished 14th.

For the following season, he went back to the BQR team, now named Blusens Aprilia. The results were quite disappointing and he finished the season 18th overall. But one year later, with the same team and motorcycle, he conquered two podium finishes, one in Jerez and another one in Brno. The sixth place in the Championship was a great achievement.

In 2011 he jumped to the Moto2 class, where he finished in the point rankings regularly and took his first Moto2 podium in Indianapolis. He finished the Championship in 10th place and signed for the team of Sito Pons. With Pons, he learned a lot, but lacked a bit of consistency. Even though, he got a podium in Japan and scored a total of 114 points to finish the year in seventh place. In 2013 he was at a very good level, leading the standings in Moto2, winning three races and taking a total of seven podiums.

2014 was a year that he’ll never forget. All the efforts from previous years were rewarded when he became Moto2 World Champion. Racing for the Marc VDS Racing Team, he won seven races and took seven more podiums. He got crowned at the penultimate race of the season, with the third place at the Malaysian GP.

In 2015, he pulled all stops to defend his number one plate, with three victories, ten podiums and three pole positions in 15 races. Towards the end of the season however, he had a training accident and was forced to miss the Japanese GP. He crashed again during practice in Australia and he didn’t race both at Phillip Island and Malaysia. After all these problems he wasn’t able to keep the Moto2 crown and lost the title to Johann Zarco. He was third at the end of the season.

In 2016 he jumped to the premier class, MotoGP. As a rookie, he first had to adapt to the new category. He had to learn how to ride a completely different bike with double the horsepower of his old Moto2 machine. It was difficult, but he finished the season with confidence for the second year in the premier class.

In his second season in MotoGP, he was able to improve his feeling with the bike. On many of the circuits in the calendar, he improved his lap times by more than a second compared to the previous year in. At Mugello, he got in Q2 for the first time. He finished the season and his partnership with Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS riding to a strong Top 10 result at Valencia.

For 2018, Tito Rabat is back at home with Raúl Romero’s team Reale Avintia Racing. Rabat rides a Ducati Desmosedici GP17, the bike that enabled Dovizioso to fight for the championship until the last race of the 2017 season. From the first test at Valencia, Tito saw that with this bike and his life-long team, he could be competitive again, which he confirmed during the winter tests.

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