Rabat forced to retire from WorldSBK race 2 at Donington

The sixth round of the Superbike World Championship concluded today at the Donington Park circuit in the UK. Kawasaki Puccetti Racing rider Tito Rabat is continuing to build confidence with the ZX-10RR and yesterday, after qualifying nineteenth in Superpole, the rider finished race 1 in sixteenth place after making an incredible recovery from last position, when he took action to avoid two riders who crashed in front of him at the last turn.

This morning the Spaniard was back out for the Superpole Race, which ran over a distance of ten laps.

In the few laps available, Tito was unable to set sufficient pace to be able to make up positions, which meant he crossed the line twentieth.

Race 2 ran in the afternoon but was interrupted by a red flag on lap one following a multi-rider accident. The race soon restarted, and Rabat got away well, the Spaniard lying in around sixteenth place through the first laps. Setting good pace, Tito was making up ground but his race came to a premature end with four laps to go when excessive tyre wear forced him to return to the pits.

The next Superbike World Championship round is scheduled to take place at the Imola circuit in Italy over the weekend of 14-16 July.

Donington Park – UK – Superbike World Championship

Superpole Race: 1) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 2) Bautista (Ducati) – 3) Rea (Kawasaki) – 4) Locatelli (Yamaha) – 5) Petrucci (Ducati) – 6) Lowes (Kawasaki) ………… 20) Rabat (Kawasaki)

Race 2: 1) Bautista (Ducati) – 2) Razgatlioglu (Yamaha) – 3) Petrucci (Ducati) – 4) Redding (BMW) – 5) Rea (Kawasaki) – 6) Lowes (Kawasaki) ………. DNF) Rabat (Kawasaki)

Tito Rabat

“In race 2 we were unlucky. I started well both times and got into a good rhythm that allowed me to close in on the group ahead. At a certain point though, I realized that the tyre had no more grip and I had to pull in. A real pity. The Pirelli technicians are now checking the tyre. But aside from the result, I can say that I’m working really well with the team and hope to take another step forward at the next Imola round, which is a home race for our team.”

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