Reale Avintia Racing– GP of France – Le Mans

Tito Rabat did a superb job on Saturday morning, when he improved his lap times in FP3 enough to make a straight move to Q2 for the second time this season. In the afternoon, he showed a strong pace with the bike in race configuration and improved his lap time once again in Q2. Finally, he was 11th with a best lap of 1’32.049, which was a great result for Reale Avintia Racing team today and showed Rabat’s big potential for this race.

Xavier Simeon feels more and more comfortable aboard his Ducati and was satisfied with his progress, even though he expected to be a little higher up than in 23rd place in qualifying. Nevertheless, he shares Rabat’s optimism for the race and is sure to be able to improve further on Sunday.

Incredibly, the weather forecast remains sunny and warm for the race in Le Mans.

“It’s been a great weekend so far and I’m very happy because we are always in positions close to the front. We qualified for Q2 for the first time without help from another rider. But it’s true that I was following Andrea Dovizioso in Q2. In the end, I was not able to improve a lot. But with a good start, the race should also be good.”

“Today was slightly better than yesterday and I’m happy for that. In qualifying, when I was improving my lap time, the red flag came out. The only positive thing about today is that I was the best rider on a Ducati GP16. The gap to the fastest riders is bigger than in Jerez, and this is not positive. Tomorrow I hope to be focussed and be more consistent during the race to get more experience. I will do my best.”